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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Saturday, January 16 2021


Roseau County has 1631 Positive Cases; with 4 new cases reported today; and 16 accumulated deaths.

Saturday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 37 new deaths and more than 1,400 new cases.

The newly reported deaths bring the state’s total to 5,887 over the course of the pandemic, of which (63.8%) (3,756) were residents of long-term care, including 22 of the 37 reported Saturday.

Minnesota last Saturday confirmed the first five cases of the U.K.-based mutant variant of COVID-19, with residents in four Twin Cities counties testing positive for the B.1.1.7. variant after falling ill between Dec. 16-31.

No further cases of the new strain have been confirmed but health officials believe the variant is broadly circulating in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, the state reported that, through Jan. 13, 174,110 people have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 32,131 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines’ full effect.

The health department has launched a public dashboard to track vaccine distribution throughout Minnesota, and you can view it here.

The 1,485 positive results in Saturday’s update were from a total of 30,774 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.82%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.52%.

The World Health Organization recommends that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) of below 5% for at least two weeks is necessary to safely reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.


  • Total tests: 6,121,001 (up from 6,090,114)
  • People tested: 3,134,557 (up from 3,124,903)
  • Positive cases: 445,047 (up from 443,562)
  • Deaths: 5,887 – 214 of which are “probable*” (up from 5,850)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 425,253 (up from 422,289)

Updated daily with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.

Last modified: 01/17/2021

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