REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded another 42 positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, with Nobles County adding 23 cases, Rock County 18, Pipestone County 16, Jackson County 14 and Murray County seven. The information was released Sunday 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 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. Among the dead were 18 individuals who resided in private residences and 22 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 3,241 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,214 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Another 7,219 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, bringing the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases to 270,157 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 219,720 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Thus far, 20,298 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: 2,929 positive cases; nine probable cases; 2,668 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 28 deaths; positivity rate of 21.6%.

  • Cottonwood County: 660 positive cases; 20 probable cases; 434 beyond the 10-day isolation period; positivity rate of 7.2%.

  • Jackson County: 394 positive cases; four probable cases; 300 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; positivity rate of 8.4%.

  • Murray County: 514 positive cases; three probable cases; 386 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths; positivity rate of 8.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 650 positive cases; six probable cases; 469 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 18 deaths; positivity rate of 8.3%.

  • Rock County: 614 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 210,062 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 116,307 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,192 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,259 positive cases (27 new cases in last 24 hours); 728 recovered; 10 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 937 positive cases (14 new cases in last 24 hours); 539 recovered; eight deaths.

  • Osceola County: 493 positive cases (13 new cases in last 24 hours); 288 recovered; one death.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 12,104,978 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with 4,529,700 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 255,959 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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