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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Thursday, November 19 2020


Roseau County has 879 Positive Cases; with 69 new cases reported today; and 1 accumulated death.

A record 72 deaths and a further 7,877 cases have been reported Thursday in the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 update. It breaks the previous record set just 24 hours earlier when 67 deaths were reported Wednesday.

November has been a very deadly month for COVID-19 in Minnesota, with 629 deaths reported in the first 19 days of the month. That’s 20% of the state’s total COVID-19 deaths – 3,082 – since the start of the pandemic. For more perspective, there were 423 fatal cases in all of October.

Of the 72 newly reported deaths, 51 were residents of long-term care facilities, who have accounted for 68% (2,117) of all COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota. There were also two relatively young patients who died: a person aged 35-39 from Wilkin County and a person in their 40s from Anoka County.

The 7,877 positive results in Thursday’s update were from a total of 56,820 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 13.86%.

Those completed tests were from 28,715 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 27.4% today.

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 14.44%.


  • Total tests: 3,601,197 (up from 3,543,671)
  • People tested: 2,233,127 (up from 2,204,412)
  • Positive cases: 249,906 (up from 242,043)
  • Deaths: 3,082 – 53 of which are “probable*” (up from 3,010)
  • Active cases: 51,541 (up fro 48,174)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 198,365 (up from 193,869)

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

Last modified: 11/19/2020

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