REGIONAL — The Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, along with the community’s Good Samaritan Society have been added to the list of southwest Minnesota congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures. The Minnesota Department of Health updates the list each Friday.

Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who either visited, worked or lived at a congregate care facility while they were contagious.

Other congregate care facilities who have been on the list for more than a week include the Good Samaritan Society Windom; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Jasper Sunrise Village; and Ridge View Estates of Pipestone.

Meanwhile, the number of newly confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across the state, as well as in portions of far southwest Minnesota.

According to Friday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 779 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus statewide during the 24-hour period that wrapped up at 4 p.m. Thursday, along with six new deaths.

Thus far, 54,463 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Of those, 47,289 are considered beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 1,600 deaths statewide, as well as 40 deaths deemed probable from the novel coronavirus.

Among the dead are 1,223 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 312 patients are hospitalized, including 151 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 6,259 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Locally, the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reveal:

  • Nobles County: 1,738 positive cases (one new case in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday); 1,711 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 167 positive cases (two new cases).

  • Jackson County: 68 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 120 positive cases (one new case); one death.

  • Pipestone County: 142 positive cases (one new case); nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 72 positive cases (two new cases).

In northwest Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 44,475 positive cases as of Friday morning; 32,503 recovered; 865 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 369 positive cases; 261 recovered; four deaths.

  • Osceola County: 77 positive cases; 62 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 98 positive cases; 75 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University) as of 9:30 a.m. Friday: 4,496,737 positive cases; 1,414,155 recovered; 152,074 deaths.

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