REGIONAL — No new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the six counties of far southwest Minnesota in the latest situation update released from the Minnesota Department of Health. The report is based off of the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The state reports there have now been 61,516 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota since testing began, with 625 of those cases reported in the last 24-hour period. There were three new deaths in the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus statewide to 1,660. Among them were 1,250 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Another 41 individuals are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19.

Of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19, 54,364 are considered to no longer need to self-isolate.

As of Sunday, 320 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 159 being treated in intensive care units. Thus far, 6,854 health care workers in Minnesota have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following information:

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  • Nobles County: 1,765 positive cases; 1,734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 178 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 86 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 122 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 157 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 85 positive cases.

Long-term care facilities with current COVID-19 exposures in the six-county area include the Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake; Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth; the Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Ridge View Estates of Pipestone; the Good Samaritan Society of Luverne and the Minnesota Veterans Home of Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 49,000 cases of the novel coronavirus in its state since testing began, with 37,247 individuals deemed to have recovered. There have been 912 deaths blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 114 positive cases; 99 recovered; two deaths. Long-term care facilities with active cases of COVID-19 include the Good Samaritan Society of George.

  • Osceola County: 83 positive cases; 71 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 381 positive cases; 304 recovered; four deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 5,055,355 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,656,864 deemed recovered. As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, there were 163,077 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.

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