REGIONAL — The region's six southwest Minnesota counties added a total of 27 new COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, according to Saturday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

There have now been 60,101 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota since testing began, with 924 of those cases reported in the last 24-hour period. The state reported eight new deaths as of 4 p.m. Friday, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus statewide to 1,648. Of those, 1,245 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, 52,768 are considered to no longer need to self-isolate.

As of Saturday, 309 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 154 being treated in intensive care units. Thus far, 6,763 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 (eight new); 1,734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 177 positive cases (one new).

  • Jackson County: 81 positive cases (eight new).

  • Murray County: 122 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 155 positive cases (six new); nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 83 positive cases (four new).

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 48,112 cases of the novel coronavirus in its state since testing began, with 36,850 individuals deemed to have recovered. There have been 925 deaths blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 111 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: 82 positive cases; 71 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 378 positive cases; 303 recovered; four deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 4,957,653 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,623,870 deemed recovered. As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, there were 161,682 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.

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