Since worldwide tracking of COVID-19 began on January 23, 2020, there have been 36,265,982 total cases (up from 34,080,123 a week ago) with 1,057,505 fatalities (up from 1,015,815 a week ago) — 2.91% of total cases (down from 3.05% a week ago).
In the United States, there have been 7,640,982 total cases (up from 7,335,558 a week ago) resulting in 214,947 deaths (up from 210,357 a week ago) — 2.86% of total cases.
On Friday, October 2, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was flown by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for examination and treatment. President Trump returned to the White House on Monday, October 5, 2020, reportedly doing well. Members of the White House of staff were also diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Among Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, there have been a combined total of 707,416 cases (up from 660,649 a week ago) resulting in 14,660 deaths (up from 14,217 a week ago) — 2.07% of total cases (down from 2.15% a week ago).
Throughout the six state area, the percentage of deaths out of the total number of cases is on the decline in four out of six states, with North Dakota and South Dakota experiencing a slight rise for three consecutive weeks. Wisconsin has declined to the lowest rate in the six-state area.
•Iowa: 1.52% this week, 1.52% last week
•Illinois: 2.93% this week, 3.01% last week
•Minnesota: 2.00% this week, 2.10% last week
•North Dakota: 1.22% this week, 1.17% last week
•South Dakota: 1.03% this week, 1.00% last week
•Wisconsin: 0.97% this week, 1.04% last week
In the State of Minnesota, up until last week, there were still two counties with zero cases. Now every county, including Cook County and Lake of the Woods County, have COVID-19 positive cases. South Dakota still has one county with no cases. Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Dakota have had cases in every county.
Within the Fillmore County Journal circulation area, the numbers are again somewhat incomplete due to the Minnesota Department of Health only providing a total number of cases per city once that city exceeds five cases. Six 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.
Look for more updates on COVID-19 results at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com/COVID-19.