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Area counties report lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center.


REGIONAL — Minnesota recorded 13 new deaths from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday. Seven of the individuals resided in private residences, five were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and two were residents of group homes or residential behavioral health facilities.

The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 5,724, including 3,660 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 1,335 new cases of the virus, including five in Murray County, three each in Nobles and Cottonwood counties, two in Pipestone County, one in Jackson County and no new cases in Rock County.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 438,867 (positive and antigen tests), with 418,610 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 34,132 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with cumulative positive and probable test results, along with recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) released Jan. 7 by MDH shows:


  • Nobles County: 3,627 cases; 3,476 recoveries; 46 deaths. As of Monday, there were 78 individuals within their 10-day isolation period, including 11 between birth and age 10; eight aged 11 to 15; six aged 16 to 19; two aged 20 to 25; 24 aged 26 to 50; 14 aged 51 to 64; and 13 aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,242 cases; 1,202 recoveries; 17 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 830 cases; 773 recoveries; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 849 cases; 747 recoveries; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 913 cases; 850 recoveries; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,074 cases; 1,004 recoveries; 11 deaths.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. Hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places is still advised.

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 8 included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Pipestone and Windom; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; Tuff Memorial Home, Hills; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 298,065 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 258,746 recoveries. Thus far, 4,222 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,814 positive cases (four new cases); 1,603 recovered; 22 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 42 cases, 20 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,312 positive cases (one new case); 1,151 recovered; 32 deaths. Rock Rapids Health Center reports 10 cases and eight recoveries.

  • Osceola County: 629 positive cases (one new case); 594 recovered; nine deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 22,645,344 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thus far, 376,695 Americans have died from the virus.

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Related Topics: CORONAVIRUS
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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