REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded six new cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the total number of positive cases in the county at 1,661 since testing began, according to Thursday morning’s status update by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Nobles County Public Health reported 1,629 of the individuals testing positive were beyond the 10-day isolation period as of noon Monday. Six Nobles County residents have died thus far from the novel coronavirus.

Current statistics in neighboring counties are:

  • Cottonwood County: 134 positive cases (one new case); 128 beyond the isolation period.

  • Jackson County: 55 positive cases (one new case); 53 beyond the isolation period.

  • Murray County: 54 positive cases (three new cases).

  • Pipestone County: 31 positive cases (five new cases); one death.

  • Rock County: 29 positive cases.

Statewide: 37,210 positive cases of COVID-19 (500 new cases in the last 24-hour period); 32,163 individuals no longer needing isolation; 1,458 deaths (13 new deaths) with another 37 deemed probable victims of the virus.

Among the dead are 1,143 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 274 patients are hospitalized, including 123 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 3,706 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 29,965 positive cases; 23,781 recovered; 717 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 256 positive cases; 147 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 57 positive cases; 47 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 40 positive cases; 38 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University): 2,688,246 positive cases; 729,994 recovered; 128,184 deaths.

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