Current Situation/Press Releases
- 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: 1,294
- Weekly MDH report (Thursdays) of cases no longer needing isolation: 1,230
- New cases reported since previous day: 14
- Age Range: 3 months - 97 years (Average age 36.7 years old)
- Female: 550 Male: 744
- Ever hospitalized: 56 of 1,294 cases (Ages 3 months - 91 years. Average age 52 years old.)
- Need for ICU: 12 of 56 hospitalized (Ages 3 months - 91 years. Average age 53 years old.)
- Living Setting Type: Private Residence 913; Prison 206; Unknown 143; College 19; Group Home/Long Term Care 13
- Case Zip Code Address: Faribault: 993; Northfield: 216; Lonsdale: 34; Morristown: 17; Webster 13; Other: 21 (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 18, 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
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 Schools Rice County Schools Rice County Schools Rice County Schools Rice County Schools Rice County Schools Rice County 14 - Day Case Rate per 10,000 People Rice County 14 - Day Case Rate per 10,000 People Rice County 14 - Day Case Rate per 10,000 People. 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
Range (14-day case rate per 10,000 people)
Rice County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 people for the time period
August 30-September 12, 2020
In-person learning for all
0 to less than 10
Elementary in-person, Middle/HS hybrid
10 to less than 20
20 to less than 30
Elementary hybrid, Middle/HS distance
30 to less than 50
50 or more