REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Friday morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Other new cases of the novel coronavirus in southwest Minnesota during the latest 24-hour period are: Murray County, five; Jackson and Pipestone counties, three each; and Cottonwood and Rock counties, one each.

Minnesota reported 2,387 new cases of the novel coronavirus during the one-day period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 431,994 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 409,727 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 33,595 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The death of a Jackson County resident of age 100 years or older was one of 48 COVID-19 statewide reported in Friday morning's update. Among the dead, 18 resided in private residences, 29 were residents of long-term care facilities and one was in a group home /residential behavioral health facility. The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,620, including 3,605 residents of 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 Thursday by MDH.

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  • Nobles County: 3,591 positive and probable cases; 3,476 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths. Current infections as of Thursday fall into the following age ranges: birth-age 10 (six), age 11-15 (three), age 16-19 (four), age 20-25 (six), age 26-50 (23), age 51-64 (10), and age 65 and older (eight).

  • Cottonwood County: 1,236 positive and probable cases; 1,202 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 16 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 821 positive and probable cases; 773 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 823 positive and probable cases; 747 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 901 positive and probable cases; 850 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,057 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 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 293,454 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 253,488 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 4,124 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,777 positive cases (10 new cases); 1,568 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 24 cases and no recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,296 positive cases (10 new cases); 1,136 recovered; 30 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 625 positive cases (one new case); 588 recovered; nine deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 21,617,462 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 365,882 COVID-related deaths in the United States.



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