REGIONAL — Just one day after no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the six counties of far southwest Minnesota, 12 new cases were documented in the area in the 24-hour span that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Nobles County has six new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, while Cottonwood County reports three, and Jackson, Pipestone and Rock counties each report one new case.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Wednesday morning situation update, there were 681 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus statewide during the 24-hour period that wrapped up at 4 p.m. Tuesday, along with nine new deaths.

Thus far, 52,947 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Of those, 46,636 are considered beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 1,589 deaths statewide, as well as 40 deaths deemed probable from the novel coronavirus.

Among the dead are 1,216 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 310 patients are hospitalized, including 143 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 6,108 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Cumulative totals for positive COVID-19 tests locally are:

  • Nobles County: 1,734 positive cases; 1,711 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 162 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 67 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 118 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 138 positive cases; eight deaths.

  • Rock County: 64 positive cases.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 43,195 positive cases as of Wednesday morning; 31,214 recovered; 844 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 364 positive cases; 253 recovered; four deaths.

  • Osceola County: 75 positive cases; 59 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 94 positive cases; 75 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University) as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday: 4,375,217 positive cases; 1,355,363 recovered; 149,684 deaths.

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