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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Wednesday, December 16 2020


Roseau County has 1515 Positive Cases; with 4 new cases reported today; and 11 accumulated deaths.

Wednesday’s COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes just over 2,200 new cases and 92 deaths, which comes after back-to-back days of far lower totals.

The 92 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,575. Long-term care deaths account for 2,982 (65.1%) of the total, including 54 of the 92 reported Wednesday.

The state has reported 982 deaths through the first 16 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

The 2,279 positive results in Wednesday’s update were from a total of 19,644 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 11.6%, which snaps a streak of six consecutive days with a positivity rate under 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 8.66%.

The 19,644 completed tests were from 6,642 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 34.3% today.


  • Total tests: 4,985,470 (up from 4,965,904)
  • People tested: 2,793,893 (up from 2,787,251)
  • Positive cases: 386,412 (up from 384,164)
  • Deaths: 4,575 – 120 of which are “probable*” (up from 4,483)
  • Active cases: 30,028 (down from 32,344)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 356,384 (up from 351,820)

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

Last modified: 12/17/2020

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