REGIONAL — Nobles County added 12 new cases of COVID-19 and Murray County had seven additional cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday.

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

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 121,090, with 106,774 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,704 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and five deaths.

Statewide, 2,217 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 1,560 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 12,315 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: 2,106 positive cases; 51 confirmed individuals within their 10-day active period as of Thursday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 259 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 186 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 241 positive cases; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 323 positive cases; 16 deaths.

  • Rock County: 282 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 106,261 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 81,486 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,526 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 502 positive cases; 258 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 243 positive cases; 136 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 677 positive cases; 478 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 8,076,103 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with 3,197,539 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 218,869 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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