REGIONAL — Nobles County added 23 positive COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended as of 4 p.m. Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday morning.

The state reports that 1,342 residents of Nobles County have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began. Cases in area counties are as follows: 52 in Cottonwood County (up one from the previous day); 34 in Jackson County (no change); 30 in Murray County (no change); 19 in Rock County (no change); and nine in Pipestone County (no change).

Across Minnesota, 683 people have now died from the novel coronavirus, and another nine individuals are deemed as probable victims of COVID-19 (meaning that it was listed as the cause of death, but no tests were administered to confirm this). There were 20 new deaths in the state in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Thursday. Among the dead are 554 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to today’s MDH update. At this point, there are 498 patients hospitalized in the state, including 200 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 14,240 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 808 new cases during the last 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Thursday. Of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began are 1,702 health care workers. Statewide, 9,503 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 25 COVID-19 cases in Osceola County as of Thursday with 13 recovered, 16 in Lyon County with 15 recovered and six in Dickinson County with all six recovered.

At last report (numbers released Thursday), there were 14,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 6,561 of those already recovered. There have been 336 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,420,299 positive cases of COVID-19 and 85,922 deaths as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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