REGIONAL — The region's six southwest Minnesota counties added a total of 10 new COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Sunday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

There have now been 60,898 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota since testing began, with 806 of those cases reported in the last 24-hour period. The state reported nine new deaths as of 4 p.m. Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus statewide to 1,667. Of those, 1,249 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, 53,568 are considered to no longer need to self-isolate.

As of Sunday, 312 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 148 being treated in intensive care units. Thus far, 6,805 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: 1,764 positive cases (two new); 1,734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; six deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 178 positive cases (one new).

  • Jackson County: 86 positive cases (three new).

  • Murray County: 122 positive cases; one death.

  • Pipestone County: 157 positive cases (two new); nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 85 positive cases (two 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 48,742 cases of the novel coronavirus in its state since testing began, with 37,092 individuals deemed to have recovered. There have been 930 deaths blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 113 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: 83 positive cases; 71 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 380 positive cases; 304 recovered; four deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 5,017,150 positive cases of COVID-19, with 1,643,118 deemed recovered. As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, there were 162,635 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.



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