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 confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative): 4064
  • Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative): 37
  • Newly reported confirmed cases from Wednesday Nov 25: 211
  • Newly reported probable cases from Wednesday Nov 25: 2
  • Cases no longer needing isolation (Weekly MDH report on Thursdays): 3185
  • Age Range: 1 month - 104 years (Average age 39 years old)
  • Female: 1,777  Male: 2,324
  • Ever hospitalized: 147  (Ages 3 months - 93 years. Average age 60 years old)
  • Need for ICU: 31 of 147 hospitalized (Ages 3 months - 91 years. Average age 62 years old)
  • Living Setting Type: Private Residence 1,747; Prison 633; Unknown/Blank/Other 1,557; Group Home/ Long Term Care 75; College/University/Dormitory: 68;  Other/Boarding School 20; Jail: 1
  • Case Zip Code Address: Faribault: 2691; Northfield: 814; Lonsdale: 265; Morristown: 76; Dundas 71;  Webster 55; Nerstrand 35; Warsaw 22; Montgomery 23; Kilkenny 21; Other: 28
  • COVID-19  Deaths: Confirmed (PCR Test) 27; Probable (Antigen Test) 9; Total Deaths : 36                                                           Average Age Both Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 78 years old.     Age Range 43 years - 94 years                                                  Living Setting Type for all COVID Deaths: 22 LTC; 11 Private Residence; 3 Prison

*Last Updated: November 28, 2020

*Rice County Case Information updated Monday through Friday on this web page. Weekend updates can be found on the MDH site at: Discrepancies between the two sites are attributable to reporting cut off times. 

Additional Weekly Data Updates - Thursdays

Daily incidence

Weekly incidence

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

November 8 - November 21, 2020




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!


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