REGIONAL — Nobles County added seven new positive COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended as of 4 p.m. Monday, bringing the total number of local cases to 1,394 since testing began, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s status update released this morning.

Cases in area counties are as follows: 59 in Cottonwood County (up one from the previous day); 36 in Jackson County (no change); 33 in Murray County (no change); 20 in Rock County (no change); and 10 in Pipestone County (no change).

Congregate care facilities in the area that report exposure to COVID-19 include Good Samaritan Society homes in Windom, Jackson and Luverne; The Lodge at Mountain Lake; Golden Horizons and South Shore Care Center in Worthington; Parkview Manor in Ellsworth; and Maple Lawn Senior Care in Fulda.

Across Minnesota, 748 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 17 new deaths in the state in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Monday. Among the dead are 608 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to today’s MDH update. At this point, there are 545 patients hospitalized in the state, including 229 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 17,029 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 655 new cases during the last 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Monday. Of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began are 1,949 health care workers. Statewide, 11,540 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 28 COVID-19 cases in Osceola County as of Monday with 16 recovered, 19 in Lyon County with 17 recovered and seven in Dickinson County with six recovered.

At last report (numbers released Monday), there were 15,296 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 7,847 of those already recovered. There have been 367 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,510,988 positive cases of COVID-19 and 90,432 deaths as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.