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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Thursday, December 17 2020


Roseau County has 1527 Positive Cases; with 12 new cases reported today; and 11 accumulated deaths.

Thursday’s COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes just over 2,700 new cases and 83 deaths, including one person in their 20s from Hennepin County.

The 83 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,658. Long-term care deaths account for 3,034 (65%) of the total, including 52 of the 83 reported Thursday.

The state has reported 1,065 deaths through the first 17 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

The 2,775 positive results in Thursday’s update were from a total of 47,704 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.82%.

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 8.40%.

The 47,704 completed tests were from 14,637 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 18.95% today.


  • Total tests: 5,033,129 (up from 4,985,470)
  • People tested: 2,808,530 (up from 2,793,893)
  • Positive cases: 389,171 (up from 386,412)
  • Deaths: 4,658 – 124 of which are “probable*” (up from 4,575)
  • Active cases: 30,504 (up from 30,028)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 358,667 (up from 356,384)

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

Last modified: 12/19/2020

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