REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded its eighth and ninth deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Both individuals were between the ages of 80 and 89. No other information is provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. This week alone, three Nobles County residents have died from the virus, with the other death reported on Thursday being an individual between the ages of 70 and 79.

Meanwhile, the county reported four additional confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus during the 24-hour period, according to Friday’s situation update from MDH. Rock and Pipestone counties each recorded three new cases of COVID-19, while Cottonwood and Jackson counties each recorded two new cases.

MDH updates the list of congregate care facilities reporting exposures each Friday. Exposures are defined as a person being diagnosed with COVID-19 who has either visited, worked at or lived in a facility while they were contagious. Current facilities on the list include Parkview Manor in Ellsworth, the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, Good Samaritan Society homes in Luverne, Pipestone and Mountain Lake, and Ridge View Estates in Pipestone.

The state now reports 63,723 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 56,659 of them beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 738 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the last 24-hour period, along with eight deaths (six in long-term care facilities and two in private residences).

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Statewide, 1,693 individuals have now died from COVID-19, with another 46 people believed to have died from the virus but were not tested before their death. Among the dead are 1,269 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of Friday, 313 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 152 being treated in intensive care units. Thus far, 7,112 health care workers in Minnesota have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following:

  • Nobles County: 1,781 positive cases; 1,750 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Thursday; nine deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 180 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 81 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 125 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 161 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 89 positive cases.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 50,808 cases of the novel coronavirus in its state since testing began, with 39,802 individuals deemed to have recovered. There have been 964 deaths blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 124 positive cases; 103 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 86 positive cases; 71 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 385 positive cases; 332 recovered; four deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 5,258,056 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,774,648 deemed recovered as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. There have been 167,298 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.

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