REGIONAL — Nobles County reported eight new cases of COVID-19 and Murray County added six new cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Rock County had three new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Pipestone County added three cases and Jackson County one, respectively.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 119,396, with 105,120 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 2,297 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 13 deaths.

Statewide, 2,212 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 1,559 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 12,169 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: 2,093 positive cases; 51 confirmed individuals within their 10-day active period as of Thursday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 253 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 183 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 234 positive cases; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 320 positive cases; 16 deaths.

  • Rock County: 281 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 South Shore Care Center in Worthington, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living in Fulda, Good Samaritan Society homes in Luverne, Pipestone, Windom and Westbrook, Ridge View Estates of Pipestone, the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne and Tuff Memorial Home, Hills.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 104,606 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 80,499 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,521 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 498 positive cases; 245 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 239 positive cases; 128 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 667 positive cases; 469 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 7,988,744 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, with 3,177,397 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 217,904 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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