REGIONAL — Nobles County 's COVID-19 case count grew markedly during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, as 18 more positive tests for the novel coronavirus were recorded, according to Sunday morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Nobles County had recorded just five positive COVID-19 tests over the previous 24-hour period.

Other new cases of the novel coronavirus in southwest Minnesota reported in Sunday's update include: Murray and Rock counties, five each; Pipestone County, four; Jackson County, two; and Cottonwood County, one.

Minnesota reported 2,165 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 436,572 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 414,756 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 33,921 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The death of a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 90 and 94 was one of 44 COVID-19 statewide reported in Saturday morning's update. Among the dead, 14 resided in private residences, 27 were residents of long-term care facilities, two were in a group home /residential behavioral health facility and one was in jail/prison. The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,707, including 3,653 residents of long-term care facilities.

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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.

  • Nobles County: 3,620 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: 1,238 positive and probable cases; 1,202 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 17 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 824 positive and probable cases; 773 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 839 positive and probable cases; 747 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 910 positive and probable cases; 850 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,073 positive and probable cases; 1,004 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 11 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 296,439 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 255,593 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 4,138 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,808 positive cases (12 new cases); 1,589 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 42 cases and 11 recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,311 positive cases (nine new cases); 1,142 recovered; 30 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Rock Rapids Health Centre with 10 cases and eight recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 628 positive cases (two new cases); 588 recovered; nine deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 22,177,373 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 372,884 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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