REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded six new cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, with the total number of positive cases in the county at 1,643 since testing began, according to Friday morning’s status update by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Six Nobles County residents have died thus far from the novel coronavirus.

The number of positive cases in neighboring counties was 130 in Cottonwood County (three new cases), 53 in Jackson County, 47 in Murray County, 29 in Rock County (one new case) and 16 in Pipestone County (one new case).

Statewide, MDH reported five new COVID-19 deaths as of 4 p.m. Thursday, bringing the total now to 1,411, with another 35 individuals considered to be probable victims of the virus. Among the dead are 1,112 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, there are 335 patients hospitalized in the state, including 157 individuals in intensive care units.

Thus far, 34,616 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, with 498 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 3,525 health care workers. Statewide, 30,008 individuals no longer need to be in isolation.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Dickinson County currently has 234 positive COVID-19 cases (with 102 recovered), Osceola County 49 (45 recovered) and Lyon County 38 (33 recovered) as of Friday. Dickinson County has two deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Thus far, there have been 27,594 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, with 17,246 of those now deemed recovered. There have been 702 deaths reported in Iowa.

Nationwide, there were 2,444,483 positive cases of COVID-19 and 124,732 deaths as of 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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