REGIONAL — Nine Jackson County residents and six Rock County residents are the latest to test positive for COVID-19, according to this morning’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Cottonwood and Nobles counties each reported two new cases, while Murray and Pipestone counties each reported one new case. The test results are from a 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The county also reported three more positive cases of the novel coronavirus, based on test results filed in the 24-hour time period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Pipestone County recorded two new cases during the same time period.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 86,722, with 79,878 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 931 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period, along with nine deaths.

Statewide, 1,942 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 1,408 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 242 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 132 individuals in intensive care units. Thus far, 9,344 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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

  • Nobles County: 1,914 positive cases; 1,863 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Tuesday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 213 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 120 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 149 positive cases; two deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 205 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 139 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 76,975 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 55,776 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,248 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 221 positive cases; 160 recovered; three deaths.

  • Osceola County: 113 positive cases; 91 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 464 positive cases; 393 recovered; six deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 6,640,540 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with 2,525,573 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 197,091 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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