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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Thursday February 18 2021


Roseau County has 1738 Positive Cases; with 19 new cases reported today; and 17 accumulated deaths.

Thursday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 928 new cases and 14 deaths.

The newly reported deaths bring the state’s total to 6,404 over the course of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 62.8% (4,027) were residents of long-term care, including eight of 14 reported Thursday.

Among the deaths reported Thursday, one person was aged 30-34 from Mower County. It marks the 12th death of a person in that age range in Minnesota, and the 49th fatal case of someone under the age of 40 in the state.

Through Feb. 16 the state reported that 710,305 people have received at least 1 dose of the a COVID-19 vaccine while 264,122 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines’ maximum effect.

MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Two new variants of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Minnesota, including what was the first known case of the Brazil P.1 variant in the United States. That case involves a Minnesotan who traveled to Brazil. There are 8 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Both new strains are believed to be more transmissible. The 928 positive results in Thursday’s update were from a total of 33,915 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.73%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.20%. It’s around the same rate Minnesota had in September before a surge in cases boosted the rate to above 15% in November.

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: 7,055,550 (up from 7,021,209)
  • People tested: 3,386,418 (up from 3,378,669)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 710,305 (up from 695,629)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 264,122 (up from 246,431)
  • Positive cases: 476,292 (up from 475,379)
  • Deaths: 6,404 – 269 of which are “probable*” (up from 6,390)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 463,041 (up from 462,502)

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

Last modified: 02/21/2021

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