REGIONAL — Nobles County added two new positive COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, bringing the total number of local cases to 1,396 since testing began, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s status update released this morning.

Positive COVID-19 cases in area counties remained unchanged during the 24-hour period and stand at 59 in Cottonwood County (51 have passed the 10-day isolation period and one is hospitalized), 36 in Jackson County (34 have passed the 10-day isolation period and none are hospitalized), 33 in Murray County, 20 in Rock County and 10 in Pipestone County.

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, 777 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 29 new deaths in the state in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Among the dead are 635 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to today’s MDH update. At this point, there are 550 patients hospitalized in the state, including 212 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 17,670 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 645 new cases during the last 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began are 2,025 health care workers. Statewide, 12,227 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 29 COVID-19 cases in Osceola County as of Tuesday with 18 recovered, 19 in Lyon County with 18 recovered and eight in Dickinson County with six recovered.

At last report (numbers released Tuesday), there were 15,534 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 8,236 of those already recovered. There have been 383 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,532,212 positive cases of COVID-19 and 92,128 deaths as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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