The Rice County Public Health Department reminds residents as of today (July 2) there have been 827 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.  Public Health Director Deb Purfeerst says, "We continue to see widespread community transmission."

Purfeerst reminds us Independence Day celebrations will need to be different this year to ensure everyone is safe.  Family, friends and community.

Wear a cloth face covering if in public, maintain physical distancing of 6 feet, wash your hands often, and stay home if you are sick.

"As always, be careful around fireworks, closely supervise recreational water activities, remember to buckle up and drive safely on the roadways."

Purfeerst says, "Public Health wants everyone to have a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend, while avoiding illness and accidental injury."

COVID testing is still available for those with symptoms or who think they have had an exposure.  To find a local testing site, click here.

Current Minnesota guidance for social gatherings can be found here

Happy Fourth of July weekend from Rice County Public Health.  Stay Safe Minnesota!  Stay Safe Rice County!

Other Rice County COVID numbers show 517 men and 310 women have tested positive for the virus.  Average age is 37 for all cases with ages ranging from 2 months to 97 years.

701 people from Faribault, 104 from Northfield and 22 others.  The Northfield numbers are for Rice County only.  These numbers are by zip code.  Average age of the 7 people who have died from COVID is 67.  35 people have had a serious enough illness to require hospitalization.  Average age 53.

11 people have required intensive care.  Average age 57.