The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 2,403 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, plus an additional 334 probable cases from antigen testing, and 65 deaths. The confirmed cases were found in 58,397 completed tests for a positive rate of 4.1 percent.

Pennington County had 16 new cases, Roseau County-11 cases and 1 death (85-89 years), Marshall County-5 cases, Polk County-3 cases and 2 deaths (85-89 years and 95-99 years), Lake of the Woods County-1 cases, and Red Lake County-1 case.

Updated December 18, 2020
Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.

Data is for cases that were tested and returned positive. All data is preliminary and may change as cases are investigated. Many data points are collected during case interviews. Data presented below is for all cases, regardless of interview status. Data for cases pending interview may be listed as “unknown/missing.”

Positive PCR test results are considered confirmed cases. Positive antigen test results are considered probable cases.

All probable cases get the same public health follow up and recommendations as cases confirmed by PCR tests.

Daily Update:

Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths.

Total positive cases (cumulative) 391,889
Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 380,230
Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 11,659
Newly reported cases 2,737
Newly reported confirmed cases 2,403
Newly reported probable cases 334
Newly reported deaths 65


Graph of Laboratory testing for COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2), data in table below.

Total approximate completed tests (cumulative) 5,096,768
Total approximate number of completed PCR tests (cumulative) 4,923,927
Total approximate number of completed antigen tests (cumulative) 172,841

Testing data table

Total approximate number of people tested (cumulative) 2,826,456

Minnesota Case Overview

Graph of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by specimen collection date, data in table below.

Total positive cases (cumulative) 391,889
Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 380,230
Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 11,659

Positive cases by date specimen collected data table

Total number of health care workers (cumulative) 29,835

Patients no longer needing isolation

Patients no longer needing isolation (cumulative) 360,868


Deaths of confirmed cases in Minnesota, data in table below

Total deaths (cumulative) 4,723
Deaths from confirmed cases (cumulative) 4,594
Deaths from probable cases (cumulative) 129
Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities (cumulative) 3,070

Deaths data table

Total non-laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths (death certificate) (cumulative) 59


Minnesota COVID-19 hospitalizations, data in table below

Total cases hospitalized (cumulative) 20,323
Total cases hospitalized in ICU (cumulative) 4,383

Hospitalization data table

Case Demographics


Age group data table:
Including age group of deaths


Gender data table

Race & Ethnicity

Race and ethnicity data table:
Including race and ethnicity of deaths

Likely Exposure

Likely exposure data table

Not all cases among health care workers have a likely exposure as health care staff.


Cases by County of Residence

County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. At the time of this posting not all interviews have been completed.

County of residence data table:
Including county of residence of deaths

Residence Type

Residence type data table

Weekly Report

This report includes more detailed information on testing, demographics, syndromic surveillance, and more. Updated every Thursday.

Facilities with Cases & Exposures

Cases in Pre-K through Grade 12 School Buildings, by County

Congregate Care Facilities with Exposures, by County

Other Statistics

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