REGIONAL — Nobles County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 and Pipestone and Rock counties added seven new cases each during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Jackson and Murray County each had three new cases of the novel coronavirus, and Cottonwood County added two cases.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 117,106, with 104,547 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,169 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 19 deaths.

Statewide, 2,199 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 1,546 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 12,024 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: 2,085 positive cases; 30 confirmed individuals within their 10-day active period as of Monday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 253 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 181 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 228 positive cases; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 317 positive cases; 16 deaths.

  • Rock County: 274 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 103,432 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 80,167 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,506 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 494 positive cases; 241 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 236 positive cases; 128 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 660 positive cases; 469 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 7,942,744 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with 3,124,593 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 217,323 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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