Since worldwide tracking of COVID-19 began on January 23, 2020, there have been 20,624,316 total cases with 749,421 fatalities — 3.63% of total cases.
In the United States, there have been 5,294,541 total cases resulting in 168,310 deaths — 3.17% of total cases.
Among Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, there have been a combined total of 394,660 cases resulting in 11,643 deaths — 2.95% of total cases.
Out of those six Midwest states, North Dakota and South Dakota have fared the best with the lowest death rates as a percentage of cases and population.
Illinois, with more than 12.6 million people, has the highest percentage of deaths per cases and per population.
Wisconsin and Iowa numbers look better than Minnesota. Minnesota has the fifth worst numbers out of the six border states.
In Southeast Minnesota, Winona County appears to have had the highest number of deaths per number cases and population. Fillmore and Houston counties have maintained relatively low numbers and zero deaths.
Within the Fillmore County Journal circulation area, the numbers are somewhat incomplete due the Minnesota Department of Health only providing a total number of cases per city once that city exceeds five cases. So, eight out of the 18 communities we serve have cases equal to or less than five, but the specific numbers have not been made readily available by the MDH. We have reached out to MDH for more specific information for those communities now and in the future.
Look for more updates on COVID-19 results at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com/COVID-19.