REGIONAL — For the second consecutive day, Nobles County added 12 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health report for the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Rock County had four new cases of the novel coronavirus while Jackson and Murray counties added three each. Cottonwood County reported two new cases and Pipestone County one.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 122,812, with 108,316 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,732 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 17 deaths.

Statewide, 2,234 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 1,574 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 12,423 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 107,057 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 81,779 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,528 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 509 positive cases; 261 recovered; five deaths. (Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids and Fellowship Village of Inwood)

  • Osceola County: 244 positive cases; 138 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 682 positive cases; 478 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 8,111,105 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with 3,220,573 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 219,328 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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