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 cases since March 2020: 1,330
  • Cases no longer needing isolation (Weekly MDH report on Thursdays): 1,263
  • New cases reported since previous day: 5
  • Age Range: 3 months - 97 years (Average age 37 years old)
  • Female: 568  Male: 762
  • Ever hospitalized: 57 of 1,330 cases (Ages 3 months - 91 years. Average age 52 years old)
  • Need for ICU: 13 of 57 hospitalized (Ages 3 months - 91 years. Average age 52 years old)
  • Living Setting Type: Private Residence 950; Prison 206; Unknown 142; College 20; Group Home/Long Term Care 12
  • Case Zip Code Address: Faribault: 1006;  Northfield: 232;  Lonsdale: 37; Morristown: 18; Webster 14; Other: 23 (Please note - Data for zip codes within Rice County. Community transmission occurring throughout Minnesota)
  • Deaths: 8 (Average age 65.5 years old)

*Last Updated: September 25, 2020

*Rice County Case Information updated Monday through Friday on this web page. Weekend updates can be found on the MDH site at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html 


Additional Weekly Data Updates - Thursdays

Daily Incidence

Weekly Incidence


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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. In addition, the governor's office publishes a weekly report with the 14-day case rate by county for use by school districts in developing their plans for Fall 2020. It is updated on Thursdays and 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

September 6 - September 19 2020

 

11.56

 

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

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


Homemade Face Mask and PPE Donation Request


First COVID Death in Rice County


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