REGIONAL — Five Cottonwood County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 48-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Saturday morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Elsewhere in southwest Minnesota, Pipestone and Rock counties each added four new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Nobles County reported three new cases and Jackson County one. Murray County had no new cases reported.

There were 2,714 new cases of COVID-19 reported among Minnesotans during the 48-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 420,554 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 403,419 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 32,574 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, another 53 deaths were recorded for the day, including 17 individuals who resided in private residences, 35 individuals in long-term care facilities and one individual in a group home/residential behavioral health facility. Thus far, 5,430 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,499 individuals residing in long-term care facilities.

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 Dec. 24 by MDH.

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  • Nobles County: 3,477 positive cases; 63 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.4% positivity rate among individuals tested; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,148 positive cases; 80 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.5% positivity rate; 15 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 752 positive cases; 48 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 720 positive cases; 41 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.2% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 851 positive cases; 30 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.1% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 964 positive cases; 74 probable cases; 959 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.5% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged online at, although walk-ins are welcome.

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Dec. 26 included Crossroads Care Center and Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 284,268 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 244,024 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,946 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,728 positive cases (11 new cases); 1,501 recovered; 20 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 29 cases and three recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,265 positive cases (four new cases); 1,095 recovered; 25 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and 13 recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 616 positive cases (t2o new cases); 559 recovered; eight deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 31 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 20,451,310 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 350,357 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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