REGIONAL — Rock County reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 and Nobles County added 10 new cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Murray County had five new cases of the novel coronavirus, and Pipestone County added three cases and recorded a death of an individual of between 60 and 64 years of age. Jackson County added two more COVID-19 cases.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 115,943, with 103,830 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,254 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 29 deaths.

Statewide, 2,180 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 1,535 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 11,912 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: 2,072 positive cases; 30 confirmed individuals within their 10-day active period as of Monday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 251 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 178 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 224 positive cases; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 310 positive cases; 16 deaths.

  • Rock County: 267 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 101,866 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 79,064 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,495 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 482 positive cases; 234 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 223 positive cases; 122 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 645 positive cases; 461 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 7,864,910 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with 3,124,593 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 216,060 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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