WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health today reported two additional deaths in the area due to complications from COVID-19. The deaths included a Nobles County resident between the ages of 60 and 64, and a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 65 and 69. They were among 25 deaths reported statewide during the 24-hour reporting period, with four of the deaths occurring in September and 21 in October. Eighteen of the individuals were from private residences, and seven lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
The number of new COVID-19 infections continues to rise statewide and in area counties, with 3,223 new cases reported during the one-day reporting period. Of those, Murray and Cottonwood counties each reported nine new cases, while Nobles and Pipestone counties each reported eight new cases. There were six new cases in Jackson County and four in Rock County.
Since the virus was discovered, 8,320 Minnesotans have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,678 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 738,843 confirmed and probable positive cases of the virus in the state, with 705,936 of those individuals no longer isolating.
Among Minnesota’s health care workers, 47,802 individuals have tested positive for the virus thus far.
Following is current data on the virus in the far corner of southwest Minnesota:
Nobles County: 4,699 cases; 4,545 recovered; 52 deaths; 65.2% of residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Cottonwood County: 1,891 cases; 1,792 recovered; 27 deaths; 61% vaccinated.
Jackson County: 1,418 cases; 1,358 recovered; 14 deaths; 56.3% vaccinated.
Murray County: 1,271 cases; 1,192 recovered; 10 deaths; 60% vaccinated.
Pipestone County: 1,300 cases; 1,243 recovered; 27 deaths; 54.7% vaccinated.
Rock County: 1,517 cases; 1,445 recovered; 19 deaths; 55.9% vaccinated.
MDH continues to track outbreaks in schools and long-term care facilities in the state. Currently, Heron Lake-Okabena Secondary, Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School, Hills-Beaver Creek and Luverne Senior High have outbreaks (five or more positive cases of the virus). Also, long-term care facilities with current outbreaks include the Good Samaritan Society in Westbrook, Colonial Manor and Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield, Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
All Minnesota residents aged 12 and older are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The Nobles County Public Health department encourages all eligible individuals to seek vaccination. Private providers in Worthington include Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 if interested in receiving a vaccine or if you have questions regarding receiving a vaccine.
On Monday, the Iowa Department of Health reported 505,173 positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 8,355 of those cases reported within the last seven days. Thus far, 6,654 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. As of Monday, 566 individuals were hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 152 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 80.9% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 75.3% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.
In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases in the last seven days, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older are as follows:
Dickinson County: 57 cases; 59.9% fully vaccinated.
Lyon County: 20 cases; 44.5% fully vaccinated.
Osceola County: 21 cases; 47.9% fully vaccinated.
Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 44,350,886 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 11 a.m. Monday, with 3,278,243 of those cases reported in the last 28 days. Thus far, 713,453 Americans have died from the virus, including 52,434 people in the last 28 days.
The Minnesota Department of Health continues to ask people to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results, and to practice universal precautions including washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds), social distancing, and avoiding crowded or confined spaces.
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