Current Situation/Press Releases

Current Situation

  • Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested. The Minnesota Department of Health posts, by county, current lab confirmed cases on its website. There are lab confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Rice County.
  • The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. A map of the current number of cases by state is maintained by the CDC.
  • Health officials confirmed the first case in Minnesota on March 6, 2020.
  •  The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rice County was on March 18th, 2020.
  • Local public health does not have authority to share private health data, which includes the address of those who test positive with COVID-19, or any other identifying information. Such sharing is a violation of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat.13.09 (a) and (b).

Rice County COVID-19 Case Data

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE BOTH CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE: 6,257
    • Newly reported from Monday: 10
    • Cases no longer needing isolation (Weekly MDH report on Thursdays): 5,851
  • DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN OF BOTH CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE CASES
    • Female: 2,669; Male: 3,588
    • Age range: 1 month - 104 years (Average age 40 years old)
    • Ever hospitalized: 229 
      • Age range: 3 months - 98 years (Average age 62 years old)
      • Need for Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 43 of 229 hospitalized 
        • Age range: 3 months - 95 years (Average age 62 years old)
    • Living Setting Type: College/University/Dormitory 79; Group Home 22; Jail 1; Long Term Care (LTC) 201; Other/Boarding School 23; Prison 1,115; Private Residence 3,009; Blank 1,807 
    • Case Zip Code Address: Dundas 122; Faribault 4,031; Kenyon 10; Kilkenny 32; Lonsdale 428; Montgomery 29; Morristown 138; Nerstrand 61; New Prague 10; Northfield 1,247; Veseli 10; Warsaw 34; Webster 89; Other 16
  • COVID-19  DEATHS
    • Confirmed (PCR Test) 60; Probable (Antigen Test) 14; Total Deaths 74
    • Age range: 24 years - 104 years (Average age both Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 79 years old)
    • Living Setting Type for all COVID Deaths: LTC 46; Private Residence 21; Prison 7

*Last Updated: January 26, 2021

*Rice County Case Information updated Monday through Friday, excluding holidays on this web page. Weekend updates can be found on the MDH site at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html. Discrepancies between the two sites are attributable to reporting cut off times. 

 Weekly incidence

Daily incidence




Additional Weekly Data Updates - Thursdays





Rice County 14 - Day Case Rate per 10,000 People 

The Minnesota Departments of Education and Health put together guidance for local school districts and charter schools to help guide their decisions about which learning model to use to start the school year. As the school year progresses, other pieces of data are to be considered. The governor's office publishes a weekly report with the 14-day case rate by county for use by school districts as well and it can be accessed here. Rice County Public Health is calculating the 14-day case rate using more recent data. This rate, because it is more recent, is preliminary and may change as case and contact investigations continue.


Recommended policy options based on 14-day case rate range

Policy Option

Range (14-day case rate per 10,000 people)

Rice County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 people for the time period

January 3, 2021- January 16, 2021

 

60.06

 

In-person learning for all

0 to less than 10

Elementary in-person, Middle/HS hybrid

10 to less than 20

Both hybrid

20 to less than 30

Elementary hybrid, Middle/HS distance

30 to less than 50

Both distance

50 or more

 



Press Releases

Update - COVID Vaccinations Rice County


Free COVID-19 TESTING EVENT IN NORTHFIELD OCTOBER 6 – 8


Celebrate Independence Day Safely!


WEEKEND COVID-19 TESTING BY NATIONAL GUARD AT FARIBAULT ARMORY


COVID-19 Update


Second COVID-19 Death in Rice County


Increase in Rice County COVID-19 Cases


Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19


Rice County COVID-19 Helpline Number


Safe Return to Work Guidance


Update On lab Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rice County 4/14/2020


Update on Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rice County 4/1/2020


Update on Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Rice County 3/28/2020


Second Lab Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Rice County 3/23/2020


First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Rice County 3/18/2020


COVID-19 Situation Update – Rice County 3/18/2020


Be Prepared – Coronavirus 3/6/2020