REGIONAL —The Minnesota Department of Health released Saturday morning new COVID-19 data for the 48-period ending at 4 p..m. Friday. Data was combined over two days as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday.

In southwest Minnesota, Rock County added 42 new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Cottonwood County had 38 new cases and Nobles County 34. Elsewhere in the region, Jackson County added 26 new cases, Murray County 17 and Pipestone County 15.

Cottonwood County also recorded another death from COVID-19, a person between the ages of 90 and 94. No other information was available.

There were a total of 8,574 individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus during the 48-hour period. That brings the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases to 304,023 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 257,485 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

A total of 45 new deaths were recorded statewide, including 22 individuals who resided in private residences and 23 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 3,521 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,378 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

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Thus far, 22,292 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The Nobles County Joint Information Team is asking everyone to stay home when they feel sick and/or if they — or someone within their household — is waiting for COVID-19 test results. Also, 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,” the team stated in a release.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries and positivity rate are based on information released Friday by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,035 positive cases; 14 probable cases; 2,846 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 29 deaths; 21.2% positivity rate.

  • Cottonwood County: 804 positive cases; 29 probable cases; 601 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths; 9% positivity rate.

  • Jackson County: 478 positive cases; six probable cases; 359 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; 9% positivity rate.

  • Murray County: 573 positive cases; five probable cases; 493 beyond the 10-day isolation period; three deaths; 9.1% positivity rate.

  • Pipestone County: 702 positive cases; eight probable cases; 570 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 18 deaths; 8.8% positivity rate.

  • Rock County: 745 positive cases; 11 probable cases; 582 beyond the 10-day isolation period; nine deaths; 8.1% positivity rate.

Congregate care facilities in this area with COVID-19 exposures as of Nov. 19 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 225,796 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 130,010 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,360 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,361 positive cases (18 new cases); 842 recovered; 10 deaths. Long-care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Milford with 24 cases.

  • Lyon County: 1,018 positive cases (13 new cases); 591 recovered; eight deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Good Samaritan Society, George, with two cases.

  • Osceola County: 517 positive cases (four new cases); 322 recovered; one death. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 18 cases.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 13,111,362 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today, with 4,947,446 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 264,977 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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