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Nobles, Cottonwood counties each report COVID-related deaths this week

The number of new cases reported to MDH has declined.

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WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health reported the deaths of two area residents this week due to complications of COVID-19. A Nobles County resident between the ages of 75 and 79, and a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 55 and 59 were recorded Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 6,896 cases; 6,817 no longer isolating as of March 3; 59 deaths; 68.3% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

Cottonwood County: 3,183 cases; 3,129 no longer isolating; 41 deaths; 62.9% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 2,131 cases; 2,106 no longer isolating; 17 deaths; 58% vaccinated.

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Murray County: 2,012 cases; 1,991 no longer isolating; 15 deaths; 62.2% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,977 cases; 1,936 no longer isolating; 34 deaths; 58.4% vaccinated.

Rock County: 2,312 cases; 2,274 no longer isolating; 33 deaths; 56.9% vaccinated.

Dickinson County, Iowa: 4,119 cases; 71 deaths; 60.5% fully vaccinated.

Lyon County, Iowa: 2,721 cases; 48 deaths; 44.1% fully vaccinated.

Osceola County, Iowa: 1,392 cases; 22 deaths; 47.3% fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control 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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