REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded another 33 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, with Cottonwood County adding 19 cases, Rock County, 17, Murray County, 15, Jackson County, 14 and Pipestone County, six. The information was released Friday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota recorded another 68 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period — the second highest one-day death tally since the pandemic reached the state. Among the dead were 24 individuals who resided in private residences and 44 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 3,150 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,159 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Another 6,812 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, bringing the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases to 256,700 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 202,432 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Thus far, 19,676 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 and current positivity rate is based on information released Thursday by MDH.

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  • Nobles County: 2,882 positive cases; five probable cases; 2,668 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 27 deaths; positivity rate of 21.6%.

  • Cottonwood County: 593 positive cases; eight probable cases; 434 beyond the 10-day isolation period; positivity rate of 7.2%.

  • Jackson County: 370 positive cases; three probable cases; 300 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; positivity rate of 8.4%.

  • Murray County: 495 positive cases; one probable case; 386 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths; positivity rate of 8.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 606 positive cases; six probable cases; 469 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 17 deaths; positivity rate of 8.3%.

  • Rock County: 573 positive cases; 10 probable cases; 469 beyond the 10-day isolation period; nine deaths; positivity rate of 7.2%.

According to the Nobles County Joint Information Team: “Coronavirus infections are trending upward 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.

“Only members of the same household 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 the health of our loved ones, our local economy and our liberties.”

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 and Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Windom and Westbrook; Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 203,033 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 114,292 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,127 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,206 positive cases (24 new cases in last 24 hours); 718 recovered; nine deaths.

  • Lyon County: 906 positive cases (45 new cases in last 24 hours); 530 recovered; eight deaths.

  • Osceola County: 473 positive cases (24 new cases in last 24 hours); 280 recovered.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 11,743,780 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, with 4,410,709 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 252,861 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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