REGIONAL — A fourth Nobles County resident has died from COVID-19, reports the Minnesota Department of Health this morning — the second death in the county this week. The latest individual to die from the novel coronavirus was between the ages of 40-49. No other information is provided by MDH.

There were seven new cases of COVID-19 in Nobles County during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. This brings the total number of local cases to 1,503 since testing began. As of Tuesday — the latest information provided by Nobles County Public Health — 719 individuals in Nobles County are beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Murray County reported one new positive COVID-19 individual in the 24-hour period, bringing its total number of positive individuals to 37. The number of positive cases in neighboring counties now stands at 69 in Cottonwood County, 39 in Jackson County, 10 in Pipestone County and 22 in Rock County.

Statewide, MDH reported 29 new COVID-19 deaths as of 4 p.m. Thursday, bringing the total now to 996. Among the dead are 811 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, there are 592 patients hospitalized in the state, including 259 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 23,531 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 590 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 2,603 health care workers. Statewide, 16,930 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there have been 32 positive COVID-19 cases in Osceola County (27 recovered), 19 in Lyon County (18 recovered) and 19 in Dickinson County (six recovered) as of Friday morning.

Thus far, there have been 18,791 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, with 10,600 of those now beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 520 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,725,656 positive cases of COVID-19 and 101,706 deaths as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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