REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded six new cases of COVID-19 in the 48-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the total number of positive cases in the county at 1,668 since testing began, according to Sunday 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. A second person has now died from COVID-19 in Pipestone County.

Current statistics in neighboring counties are:

  • Cottonwood County: 136 positive cases (two new cases).

  • Jackson County: 55 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 63 positive cases (five new cases).

  • Pipestone County: 44 positive cases (seven new cases); two deaths.

  • Rock County: 31 positive cases (one new case).

Statewide: 38,136 positive cases of COVID-19 (519 new cases in the last 48-hour period); 37,617 individuals no longer needing isolation; 1,471 deaths (five new deaths) with another 37 deemed probable victims of the virus.

Among the dead are 1,155 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 253 patients are hospitalized, including 132 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 3,776 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 31,243 positive cases; 24,674 recovered; 721 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 267 positive cases; 160 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 61 positive cases; 48 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 43 positive cases; 38 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University): 2,852,807 positive cases; 894,325 recovered; 129,718 deaths.

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