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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Sunday, January 17 2021


Roseau County has 1632 Positive Cases; with 1 new cases reported today; and 16 accumulated deaths.

Sunday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 40 new deaths and more than 1,300 new cases.

The newly reported deaths bring the state’s total to 5,927 over the course of the pandemic, of which (63.8%) 3,779 were residents of long-term care, including 24 of the 40 reported Sunday.

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. A health department spokesperson told BMTN Thursday that no new cases of the variant have been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the state reported that, through Jan. 14, 184,943 people have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 35,800 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 1,364 positive results in Sunday’s update were from a total of 31,567 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.32%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.30%.

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: 6,152,636 (up from 6,121,001)
  • People tested: 3,145,270 (up from 3,134,557)
  • Positive cases: 446,380 (up from 445,047)
  • Deaths: 5,927 – 217 of which are “probable*” (up from 5,887)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 427,468 (up from 425,253)

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

Last modified: 01/19/2021

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