REGIONAL — Two more Nobles County residents have died of complications from COVID-19, bringing the county’s total number of deaths from the novel coronavirus to 15.

The information was reported Friday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health. One of the individuals was between the ages of 70 and 74; the other between the ages of 95 and 99. No other information is provided by MDH.

Statewide, there were 13 deaths in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Of those who died, five lived in private residences, seven were in long-term care or assisted living facilities and one was a resident of a group home or behavioral health facility.

Nobles County also reported two additional individuals have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while Rock County reported three new cases, Pipestone County had two and Jackson County had one new case.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 stands at 82,716, with 75,757 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 484 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period, along with 13 deaths.

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Statewide, 1,897 individuals have now died from COVID-19, with another 52 people believed to have died from the virus but were not tested. Among the dead are 1,382 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 253 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 139 individuals in intensive care units. Thus far, 8,998 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began:

  • Nobles County: 1,903 positive cases; 1,857 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Friday; 15 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 208 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 100 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 146 positive cases; two deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 201 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 121 positive cases.

Congregate care facilities with current exposures to COVID-19 in this area include Adrian Country Living Cottages in Adrian, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Valley View Assisted Living in Jackson, Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake, Lindenwood Assisted Living in Slayton and South Shore Care Center in Worthington.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 72,809 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 52,311 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,208 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 179 positive cases; 147 recovered; three deaths.

  • Osceola County: 102 positive cases; 90 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 447 positive cases; 381 recovered; six deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 6,452,607 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, with 2,403,511 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 192,064 COVID-related deaths in the United States.



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