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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Sunday, December 20 2020


Roseau County has 1551 Positive Cases; with 8 new cases reported today; and 13 accumulated deaths.

Seventy deaths have been added to Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll, in addition to more than 2,700 new cases, according to Sunday’s report from the state health department.

December has now seen 1,257 death, making it the deadliest month in Minnesota during the pandemic. There were fewer than 500 deaths in October before November’s death toll skyrocketed to 1,136. Since the first death was reported March 21, Minnesota has reported a total of 4,850 fatal cases.

Long-term care deaths account for 64.9% (3,149) of the total, including 45 of the 70 reported Sunday.

Other than deaths, Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers are mostly declining. For perspective, consider that in mid-November Minnesota was reporting more than 50,000 active cases. There are now just over 27,000 active cases, according to the health department.

The 2,705 positive results in Sunday’s update were from a total of 65,102 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.15%.

The World Health Organization recommended in May 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.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s percent positive over the past seven days is 7.26%.

The 65,102 completed tests were from 22,322 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 12.12% today.


  • Total tests: 5,199,011 (up from 5,133,936)
  • People tested: 2,859,220 (up from 2,836,898)
  • Positive cases: 397,319 (up from 394,635)
  • Deaths: 4,850 – 131 of which are “probable*” (up from 4,780)
  • Active cases: 27,407 (down from 29,015)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 369,912 (up from 365,620)

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

Last modified: 12/20/2020

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