REGIONAL — For the first time in many weeks, there were no new positive COVID-19 cases reported in the 24-hour span that ended at 4 p.m. Monday in any of the six counties of far southwest Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Tuesday morning situation update, there were 480 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus statewide, along with four new deaths, reported in the single day period.

Thus far, 52,281 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Of those, 45,987 are considered beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 1,580 deaths statewide, as well as 40 deaths deemed probable from the novel coronavirus.

Among the dead are 1,210 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 294 patients are hospitalized, including 138 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 6,043 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Cumulative totals for positive COVID-19 tests locally are:

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Nobles County: 1,728 positive cases; 1,711 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

Cottonwood County: 159 positive cases.

Jackson County: 65 positive cases.

Murray County: 118 positive cases; one death.

Pipestone County: 136 positive cases; eight deaths.

Rock County: 62 positive cases.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 42,738 positive cases as of Tuesday morning; 30,508 recovered; 826 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 359 positive cases; 245 recovered; four deaths.

  • Osceola County: 75 positive cases; 56 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 90 positive cases; 74 recovered. The Good Samaritan Society in George has had 11 residents test positive for COVID-19, with seven recovered thus far.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University) as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday: 4,307,542 positive cases; 1,325,804 recovered; 148,295 deaths.

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