REGIONAL — Minnesota reported 3,148 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the new cases were six individuals in Nobles County, five in Murray County, two in Jackson County and one each in Cottonwood and Rock counties, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 423,688 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 405,556 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 32,727 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, another 13 deaths were recorded for the day, including five individuals who resided in private residences, seven individuals in long-term care facilities and one individual who died in a hotel/motel. Thus far, 5,443 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,501 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 are based on information released Dec. 31 by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,483 positive cases; 63 probable cases; 3,432 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,149 positive cases; 81 probable cases; 1,184 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 15 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 754 positive cases; 48 probable cases; 752 beyond the 10-day isolation period; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 725 positive cases; 45 probable cases; 726 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 851 positive cases; 30 probable cases; 842 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 965 positive cases; 76 probable cases; 996 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10 deaths.

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

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 2 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 and Windom; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 284,873 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 244,622 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,992 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,729 positive cases (one new case); 1,509 recovered; 20 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 29 cases and five recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,266 positive cases (one new case); 1,099 recovered; 25 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and 15 recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 616 positive cases (no new cases); 560 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 20,649,941 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 351,774 COVID-related deaths in the United States.



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