REGIONAL — Nobles County added 15 new positive COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, bringing the total number of local cases to 1,432 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 61 in Cottonwood County (52 have passed the 10-day isolation period and one is hospitalized), 37 in Jackson County (34 have passed the 10-day isolation period and none are hospitalized), 34 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.

Statewide, MDH reported 33 new deaths as of 4 p.m. Thursday from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total now to 842. Among the dead are 688 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, there are 534 patients hospitalized in the state, including 233 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 19,005 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 813 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 2,216 health care workers. Statewide, 12,696 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported no new COVID-19 cases in the northwest Iowa counties of Osceola (30 positive cases with 20 recovered), Lyon (19 with 18 recovered) and Dickinson (eight with six recovered) as of Friday morning.

Thus far, there have been 16,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, with 8,834 of those now beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 419 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,577,758 positive cases of COVID-19 and 94,729 deaths as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.