REGIONAL — Among 67 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday were a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 90 and 94, and a Pipestone County resident between the ages of 85 and 89. The information was released this morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Of the 67 newly reported deaths, 27 resided in private residences and 40 were residents of long-term care facilities. The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,528, including 3,553 residents of long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, the number of individuals testing positive or deemed probable to have the virus rose to double digits in two area counties, with Nobles County reporting 15 new positive cases and three probable cases, and Murray County reporting 13 positive cases and 12 probable cases of the virus. Two nearby Iowa counties also reported new cases in the double digits. Meanwhile, Jackson County recorded four new cases, Rock County, three, Pipestone County, two, and Cottonwood County, one new case.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 2,346 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 427,587 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 406,910 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 33,193 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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.

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  • Nobles County: 3,505 positive cases; 66 probable cases; 3,432 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,150 positive cases; 81 probable cases; 1,184 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 16 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 760 positive cases; 51 probable cases; 752 beyond the 10-day isolation period; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 739 positive cases; 59 probable cases; 726 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 856 positive cases; 31 probable cases; 842 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 970 positive cases; 78 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 289,533 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 249,919 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 4,060 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,762 positive cases (19 new cases); 1,543 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 29 cases and five recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,282 positive cases (13 new cases); 1,126 recovered; 28 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 622 positive cases (three new cases); 580 recovered; eight deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 21,074,724 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 358,107 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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