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83 of Minnesota's 87 counties now have high or substantial COVID-19 transmission

Less than a month ago, just 14 counties fell into those categories.

Just over three weeks ago, when federal health officials recommended everyone in COVID hotspots wear a mask while in public indoor spaces, just 14 Minnesota counties reached that face-covering threshold.

That number is now up to 83.

All but four of the state's 87 counties have what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers "substantial" or "high" transmission, according to Friday morning's data. Under CDC guidance, every person — whether vaccinated or not — should wear a face covering while in public, indoor spaces in these areas. 

Related: The MN businesses, organizations and events that now require or recommend a face mask

What's more, the vast majority of these counties have the most severe "high" level of transmission. (That's the red in the map to the right.)

The continued increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and positivity rate have prompted many governmental units, businesses, schools and venues to reimplement mask mandates or add new vaccination requirements. On Friday, the state said it had recorded 1,708 new cases and 10 newly reported deaths, with a positivity rate of 5.57%.

The four Minnesota counties with only "moderate" transmission are: Big Stone, Kittson, Koochiching and Red Lake. Below you'll find lists of counties with high and substantial transmission, organized alphabetically.

High transmission (65 counties)

  1. Aitkin County
  2. Anoka County
  3. Beltrami County
  4. Benton County
  5. Blue Earth County
  6. Brown County
  7. Carlton County
  8. Carver County
  9. Cass County
  10. Chippewa County
  11. Chisago County
  12. Clearwater County
  13. Crow Wing County
  14. Dakota County
  15. Dodge County
  16. Douglas County
  17. Faribault County
  18. Fillmore County
  19. Freeborn County
  20. Goodhue County
  21. Grant County
  22. Hennepin County
  23. Houston County
  24. Hubbard County
  25. Isanti County
  26. Itasca County
  27. Jackson County
  28. Kandiyohi County
  29. Lac qui Parle County
  30. Le Sueur County
  31. Lyon County
  32. Marshall County
  33. Martin County
  34. McLeod County
  35. Meeker County
  36. Mille Lacs County
  37. Morrison County
  38. Mower County
  39. Murray County
  40. Nicollet County
  41. Nobles County
  42. Olmsted County
  43. Otter Tail County
  44. Pennington County
  45. Pine County
  46. Pope County
  47. Ramsey County
  48. Rice County
  49. Rock County
  50. Scott County
  51. Sherburne County
  52. Sibley County
  53. Stearns County
  54. Steele County
  55. Stevens County
  56. Swift County
  57. Todd County
  58. Wabasha County
  59. Wadena County
  60. Waseca County
  61. Washington County
  62. Watonwan County
  63. Winona County
  64. Wright County
  65. Yellow Medicine County

Substantial transmission (18 counties)

  1. Becker County
  2. Clay County
  3. Cook County
  4. Cottonwood County
  5. Kanabec County
  6. Lake County
  7. Lake of the Woods County
  8. Lincoln County
  9. Mahnomen County
  10. Norman County
  11. Pipestone County
  12. Polk County
  13. Redwood County
  14. Renville County
  15. Roseau County
  16. St. Louis County
  17. Traverse County
  18. Wilkin County

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