REGIONAL — Another 32 Nobles County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, according to Tuesday morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. This is the second time in four days that the county has reported more than 30 new cases in a single day.

In neighboring Rock and Murray counties, eight more residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while Pipestone County added six new cases, Cottonwood County, four; and Jackson County, two.

As of Tuesday, Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 stands at 137,536 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 122,100 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 2,178 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period and 15 deaths (11 in private residences; four in long-term care or assisted living facilities).

Statewide, 2,368 individuals have now died from COVID-19. Among the dead are 1,653 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Thus far, 13,759 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. Numbers of individuals beyond the 10-day isolation period is as of Oct. 21, unless otherwise noted.

  • Nobles County: 2,308 positive cases; one probable case; 2,206 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Monday; 16 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 286 positive cases; 251 recovered.

  • Jackson County: 217 positive cases; 175 recovered; one death.

  • Murray County: 289 positive cases; 222 recovered; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 359 positive cases; 293 recovered; 17 deaths.

  • Rock County: 346 positive cases; two probable cases; 264 recovered; four deaths.

From Nobles County Emergency Management: Coronavirus-isolation numbers continue to increase within Nobles County. Face masks are still a mandated item for access to interior public spaces. Face masks have to be appropriately worn to protect people from the coronavirus. Recent studies have indicated the coronavirus is spread and received from the nose more than the mouth. Therefore, wearing a face mask that does not appropriately cover your nose and mouth is not effective. Also, residents need to remain vigilant to the use of universal precautions in combating the coronavirus. Hand washing with soap for 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and the use of face masks are all advised.

Congregate care facilities with current COVID-19 exposures 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 117,635 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 89,433 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,658 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 554 positive cases; 379 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term-care facilities with exposures include Lyon Specialty Care of Rock Rapids (29 cases, 20 recovered) and Fellowship Village of Inwood (30 cases, 24 recovered).

  • Osceola County: 287 positive cases; 190 recovered; one death.

  • Dickinson County: 744 positive cases; 543 recovered; seven deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 8,710,703 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with 3,460,455 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 225,817 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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