The Rice County Public Health Department latest COVID numbers show the percentage of positives are going down even though more people are being tested.  Friday numbers for Rice County were 780 positives ranging in age from 2 months to 91 years.

Of the 780 positives in the county 33 people had serious enough cases to be hospitalized and 12 required intensive care.  The average age of those hospitalized is 52.7.  The average age of ICU patients is 56.6.  The average age for all positives in Rice County is 37.

Rice County has 499 men and 281 women testing positive for COVID-19.  There have been 4 deaths reported.  The average age of the deceased 72.

678 of the cases are in Faribault.  83 in Northfield, 19 other.  Those cases are by zip code.  The Northfield cases are for Rice County only.  A portion of Northfield is in Dakota County.

Goodhue County has 111 positives.  11 requiring hospitalization, 5 intensive care with 1 patient in the hospital.  8 deaths have been reported in Goodhue County.

Dakota County has 86 deaths with average age 86.  249 people have been hospitalized out of 2,061 positive cases.  The average age of those testing positive is 39.

Dakota County total cases:

  1. Burnsville     493
  2. Eagan          286
  3. West St. Paul     273
  4. Apple Valley       238
  5. Inver Grove Heights & Sunfish Lake    236

Dakota County cases per 10,000 are:

  1. West St. Paul  129.7
  2. Burnsville          78.7
  3. Inver Grove Hts & Sunfish Lake 65.2
  4. South St. Paul   65.1
  5. Apple Valley      44.5

The last week's report for COVID positive rates shows Rice County dropped under double digits for the first time in awhile.  The county does not have the total number of tests administered by county or city.

The Minnesota Department of Health evidently has county testing numbers because they have calculated the positive rate for the county at 9.5 percent.

That still ranks Rice County in the top 10 but since last week's report when the county was 7th in testing percentage being positive the county dropped into a tie for 9th with Kandiyohi County.

The top counties by Percent of Positive:

  1. Nobles  36.4%
  2. Watonwan & Todd  14.2
    4.  Stearns  13.2%
    5. Cottonwood  12.2%
    6. Hennepin    11.0%
    7. Lyon    10.6%
    8.  Ramsey  10.1%
    9. Kandiyohi  & Rice  9.5%
    11. Mower     9.2%