REGIONAL — According to Saturday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 731 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus statewide during the 24-hour period that wrapped up at 4 p.m. Friday, along with six new deaths.

Thus far, 55,188 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began. Of those, 48,119 are considered beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 1,606 deaths statewide, as well as 40 deaths deemed probable from the novel coronavirus.

Among the dead are 1,226 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 317 patients are hospitalized, including 149 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 6,319 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

  • Nobles County: 1,740 positive cases (two new cases in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday); 1,711 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 170 positive cases (two new cases).

  • Jackson County: 69 positive cases (one new case).

  • Murray County: 120 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 142 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 73 positive cases (one new case).

In Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 44,936 positive cases as of Saturday morning; 32,805 recovered; 872 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 371 positive cases; 261 recovered; four deaths.

  • Osceola County: 77 positive cases; 63 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 99 positive cases; 78 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University) as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday: 4,579,761 positive cases; 1,438,160 recovered; 153,642 deaths.

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