REGIONAL — Nobles County had five new positive COVID-19 cases reported in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to this morning’s status update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

This brings the total number of local cases to 1,558 since testing began. Five Nobles County residents have died thus far.

As of this morning, the number of positive cases in neighboring counties was 77 in Cottonwood County (one new case, and 65 individuals beyond the 10-day isolation period), 40 in Jackson County (39 individuals beyond the 10-day isolation period), 39 in Murray County, 23 in Rock County (one new case), and 12 in Pipestone County.

Statewide, MDH reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, bringing the total now to 1,086, with another 11 individuals considered to be probable victims of the virus. Among the dead are 876 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, there are 537 patients hospitalized in the state, including 254 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 25,870 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 372 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 2,802 health care workers. Statewide, 21,169 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Osceola County currently has 34 positive COVID-19 cases (with 28 recovered), Lyon County 24 (18 recovered) and Dickinson County 25 (eight recovered) as of Wednesday morning.

Thus far, there have been 20,010 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, with 11,925 of those now beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 566 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,835,681 positive cases of COVID-19 and 106,312 deaths as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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