REGIONAL — Nobles County added 18 new positive COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total number of local cases to 1,414 since testing began, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s status update released this morning.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in area counties currently stands 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, 809 people have now died from the novel coronavirus. There were 32 new deaths in the state in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Among the dead are 663 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to today’s MDH update. Currently, there are 566 patients hospitalized in the state, including 229 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 18,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 539 new cases during the last 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Of those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since testing began are 2,120 health care workers. Statewide, 12,488 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 30 COVID-19 cases in Osceola County as of Thursday with 20 recovered, 19 in Lyon County with 18 recovered and eight in Dickinson County with six recovered.

At last report (numbers released Thursday), there were 15,954 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 8,475 of those already recovered. There have been 400 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,555,537 positive cases of COVID-19 and 93,558 deaths as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.