REGIONAL — Rock County added 12 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and Nobles County had eight more cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Monday morning's Minnesota Department of Health update.

Jackson and Murray counties each added five new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Cottonwood County had three and Pipestone County added one.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 135,372 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 120,421 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 1,578 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and four deaths (all in long-term care or assisted living facilities).

Statewide, 2,353 individuals have now died from COVID-19. Among the dead are 1,649 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 13,574 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: 2,275 positive cases; one probable case; 2,056 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 282 positive cases; 251 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday.

  • Jackson County: 215 positive cases; 175 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday; one death.

  • Murray County: 283 positive cases; 222 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 351 positive cases; 293 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday; 17 deaths.

  • Rock County: 340 positive cases; two probable cases; 264 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Wednesday; four deaths.

Individuals are asked 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 and South Shore Care Center in Worthington, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Maple Lawn Senior Care 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 116,480 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 88,020 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,641 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 551 positive cases; 343 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids (29 cases, 14 recovered) and Fellowship Village of Inwood (30 cases, 14 recovered).

  • Osceola County: 279 positive cases; 177 recovered; one death.

  • Dickinson County: 736 positive cases; 523 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 8,646,085 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, with 3,422,878 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 225,282 COVID-related deaths in the United States.



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