REGIONAL — Cases of COVID-19 surged in two southwest Minnesota counties Sunday morning, as Rock County had 22 new residents test positive for COVID-19 in the last 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday while Nobles County added 14 new cases.

Murray and Cottonwood counties each had five new cases of COVID-19, according to information released Sunday morning at Minnesota Department of Public Health. Pipestone County had four new cases, and Jackson County one.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 112,268, with 100,171 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,450 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 10 deaths.

Statewide, 2,141 individuals have now died from COVID-19, with another 53 people believed to have died from the virus but were not tested. Among the dead are 1,521 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 11,551 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began:

  • Nobles County: 2,038 positive cases; 28 confirmed individuals within their 10-day active period as of Thursday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 244 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 168 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 209 positive cases; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 302 positive cases; 15 deaths.

  • Rock County: 219 positive cases; one death.

From the Nobles County Joint Information team, residents are to remain vigilant in the use of universal precautions in combating COVID-19. Handwashing with soap for 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying away from crowded and confined spaces with others and wearing facemasks are all advised.

Congregate care facilities with current exposures to COVID-19 in this area include Crossroads Care Center and South Shore Care Center in Worthington, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield, Valley View Assisted Living in Jackson, Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living in Fulda, Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Pipestone and Windom, Ridge View Estates of Pipestone and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 99,684 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 76,259 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,460 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 474 positive cases; 210 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 210 positive cases; 111 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 633 positive cases; 445 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 7,742,279 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with 3,062,983 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 214,639 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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