REGIONAL — PIpestone County recorded another 28 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, with Nobles County adding 25 cases, Rock County and Cottonwood County 23 each, Murray County 12 and Jackson County nine. The information was released Saturday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Nobles County also recorded the death of an individual between the ages of 85-89, and Pipestone County recorded the death of an individual between the ages of 45 and 49. No other information was available.

Minnesota recorded another 51 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. Among the dead were 20 individuals who resided in private residences and 31 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 3,201 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,192 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Another 6,265 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, bringing the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases to 262,952 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 211,513 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Thus far, 20,018 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. The number of recoveries and current positivity rate is based on information released Thursday by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 2,907 positive cases; eight probable cases; 2,668 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 28 deaths; positivity rate of 21.6%.

  • Cottonwood County: 617 positive cases; 10 probable cases; 434 beyond the 10-day isolation period; positivity rate of 7.2%.

  • Jackson County: 380 positive cases; four probable cases; 300 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; positivity rate of 8.4%.

  • Murray County: 507 positive cases; two probable cases; 386 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths; positivity rate of 8.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 634 positive cases; six probable cases; 469 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 18 deaths; positivity rate of 8.3%.

  • Rock County: 596 positive cases; 11 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 206,659 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 115,734 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,159 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,232 positive cases (26 new cases in last 24 hours); 725 recovered; 10 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 923 positive cases (17 new cases in last 24 hours); 536 recovered; eight deaths.

  • Osceola County: 480 positive cases (seven new cases in last 24 hours); 284 recovered; one death

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 11,928,920 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with 4,457,930 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 254,560 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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