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

This brings the total number of local cases to 1,562 since testing began. Five Nobles County residents have died thus far.

As of this morning, the number of positive cases in neighboring counties was 79 in Cottonwood County (two new cases, and 65 individuals beyond the 10-day isolation period), 42 in Jackson County (two new cases; 39 individuals beyond the 10-day isolation period), 40 in Murray County (one new case), 23 in Rock County and 12 in Pipestone County.

Statewide, MDH reported 29 new COVID-19 deaths as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total now to 1,115, with another 11 individuals considered to be probable victims of the virus. Among the dead are 896 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, there are 512 patients hospitalized in the state, including 244 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 26,273 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 404 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 2,851 health care workers. Statewide, 21,490 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 25 (18 recovered) and Dickinson County 28 (eight recovered) as of Thursday morning.

Thus far, there have been 20,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, with 12,183 of those now beyond the 10-day isolation period. There have been 566 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 1,856,118 positive cases of COVID-19 and 107,281 deaths as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.



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