REGIONAL — Nobles County Deputy Administrator Bruce Heitkamp reported Tuesday that Phase 1A vaccinations are taking place at the Nobles County Government Center Farmer’s Room for EMS responders, while outside clinics are offering to vaccinate staff and residents of long-term care facilities.

The county is administering the Moderna vaccine, while the local hospital and clinics have received the Pfizer vaccine.

“I know many, many people are out there waiting to hear when their vaccinations are,” Heitkamp said, adding that he anticipates vaccinations will continue through the third quarter of 2021. The county is currently awaiting more vaccine.

Meanwhile, eight more Nobles County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Pipestone County reported three new cases, Rock and Jackson counties each reported two new cases and Murray County reported one new case.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 1,612 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 425,261 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 406,667 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 32,966 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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Statewide, another 18 deaths were recorded for the day, including 11 individuals who resided in private residences and seven individuals in long-term care facilities. Thus far, 5,461 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,513 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: 3,490 positive cases; 63 probable cases; 3,432 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths. As of Monday, the ages of those currently infected following a positive COVID-19 test included one individual aged birth to 10; two individuals aged 11 to 15; five individuals aged 16-19; four individuals aged 20 to 25; 17 individuals aged 26 to 50; four individuals aged 51-64 and 10 individuals aged 65 and older.

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

  • Jackson County: 756 positive cases; 48 probable cases; 752 beyond the 10-day isolation period; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 726 positive cases; 47 probable cases; 726 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 854 positive cases; 31 probable cases; 842 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 967 positive cases; 76 probable cases; 996 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 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 mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.

People are reminded to stay home if they feel sick, or if someone in their household is awaiting the results of a COVID test. In addition, universal precautions are still advised, including hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places.

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 286,679 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 247,723 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,999 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,743 positive cases (14 new cases); 1,526 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: 1,269 positive cases (three new cases); 1,112 recovered; 28 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and 16 recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 619 positive cases (three new cases); 567 recovered; eight deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 20,843,556 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Recovery data is not available. There have been 354,263 COVID-related deaths in the United States.



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