REGIONAL — Nobles County had nine more residents test positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while Rock County reported six new cases, Jackson and Murray counties each reported five and Cottonwood and Pipestone counties each recorded four new cases. The information was released this morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota recorded 67 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. Among the dead were 16 individuals who resided in private residences, and 51 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 3,010 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,066 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Another 5,102 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, bringing the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases has now reached 242,043 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 193,869 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Thus far, 18,769 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries is based on information released Nov. 12 by MDH.

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  • Nobles County: 2,836 positive cases; four probable cases; 2,481 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 27 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 547 positive cases; five probable cases; 333 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

  • Jackson County: 354 positive cases; two probable cases; 247 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death.

  • Murray County: 468 positive cases; one probable case; 324 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 570 positive cases; five probable cases; 384 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 17 deaths.

  • Rock County: 542 positive cases; seven probable cases; 404 beyond the 10-day isolation period; nine deaths.

The Nobles County Joint Information Team has released the following statement: “Coronavirus infections have trended upward lately in Nobles County. It is very important to stay home when you feel sick and/or you, or someone within your household, is waiting for COVID-19 test results.

“Ten people from no more than three families are advised to meet at any given time for a gathering.

“Residents need to remain vigilant in the use of universal precautions. Hand washing with soap (for 20 seconds), physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and the use of face masks are important. There are numerous reports of people entering public spaces without face masks throughout our county. Hospitalizations are increasing. Vulnerable populations are being infected and deaths are on the rise. Community-wide discipline is required to protect our liberties, our local economy and (the health of) our loved ones.”

Congregate care facilities in this area with COVID-19 exposures include Adrian Country Living Cottages, Adrian; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Ecumen Meadows, Golden Horizons, Crossroads Care Center and South Shore Care Center, all in Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Windom and Westbrook; Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone; Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Tuff Memorial Home, Hills.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 194,479 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 111,288 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,064 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,124 positive cases; 700 recovered; nine deaths.

  • Lyon County: 861 positive cases; 517 recovered; eight deaths.

  • Osceola County: 449 positive cases; 269 recovered.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 11,383,703 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today, with 4,293,640 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 248,995 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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