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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Tuesday, December 15 2020


Roseau County has 1511 Positive Cases; with 3 new cases reported today; and 9 accumulated deaths.

Tuesday’s COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes just over 2,300 new cases and 21 deaths.

The 21 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,483. Long-term care deaths account for 2,928 (65.3%) of the total, including 11 of the 21 reported Tuesday.

The state has reported 890 deaths through the first 15 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.


The 2,340 positive results in Tuesday’s update were from a total of 32,117 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 7.28%, the sixth consecutive day that the rate is below 10%.

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 9.11%.

The 32,117 completed tests were from 12,321 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 19% today.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,965,904 (up from 4,933,794)
  • People tested: 2,787,251 (up from 2,774,930)
  • Positive cases: 384,164 (up from 381,841)
  • Deaths: 4,483 – 114 of which are “probable*” (up from 4,462)
  • Active cases: 32,344 (down from 34,764)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 351,820 (up from 347,077)

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

Last modified: 12/16/2020

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