REGIONAL — Rock County reported two more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, while Cottonwood, Nobles and Pipestone counties each reported one new case in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Friday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

There have now been 59,185 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota since testing began, with 556 of those cases reported in the last 24-hour period. The state reported four new deaths as of 4 p.m. Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus statewide to 1,640. Of those, 1,241 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Another 41 individuals are believed to have died as a result of COVID-19.

Of those who had confirmed cases of COVID-19, 51,940 are considered to no longer need to self-isolate.

As of Friday, 300 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 155 being treated in intensive care units. Thus far, 6,704 health care workers in Minnesota have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following information:

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  • Nobles County: 1,754 positive cases; 1,734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 176 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 72 positive cases.

  • Murray County: 122 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 149 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 79 positive cases.

Long-term care facilities currently exposed to COVID-19 in the six-county area include the Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake; Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth; the Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Ridge View Estates of Pipestone; the Good Samaritan Society of Luverne and the Minnesota Veterans Home of Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 47,728 cases of the novel coronavirus in its state since testing began, with 36,257 individuals deemed to have recovered. There have been 912 deaths blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 109 positive cases; 93 recovered; two deaths. Long-term care facilities with active cases of COVID-19 include the Good Samaritan Society of George.

  • Osceola County: 79 positive cases; 69 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 377 positive cases; 294 recovered; four deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 4,888,070 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,598,624 deemed recovered. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, there were 160,157 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.



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