REGIONAL — Jackson County recorded the COVID-19-related death of an individual between the ages of 45 and 49 in the latest update, published this morning, from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The death was one of 44 statewide recorded during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Among the dead, 20 resided in private residences, 23 were residents of long-term care facilities and one was at a hotel/motel. The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,572, including 3,576 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 2,004 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10 in Pipestone County, six in Murray County, five in Jackson County, four in Nobles County, two in Cottonwood County and one in Rock County.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 429,570 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 408,510 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 33,396 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 today by MDH.

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  • Nobles County: 3,576 positive and probable cases; 3,466 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,234 positive and probable cases; 1,202 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 16 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 817 positive and probable cases; 773 beyond the 10-day isolation period; nine deaths.

  • Murray County: 812 positive and probable cases; 747 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 898 positive and probable cases; 850 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,040 positive and probable cases; 1,004 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, 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 291,397 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 251,659 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 4,065 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,767 positive cases (five new cases); 1,555 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: 1,286 positive cases (four new cases); 1,129 recovered; 28 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 624 positive cases (two new cases); 583 recovered; eight deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 21,314,415 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Nationwide recovery data is no longer available due to missing information from some states. There have been 361,453 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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