REGIONAL — Minnesota recorded four new deaths from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday — the lowest number of virus-related deaths recorded in a single day statewide since Oct. 26. Two of the individuals resided in private residences, and two were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,711, including 3,655 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 980 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including five in Murray County, four in Nobles County, three in Jackson County, and one each in Cottonwood, Pipestone and Rock counties.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 437,552 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 417,005 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 34,004 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: 3,624 positive and probable cases; 3,476 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,239 positive and probable cases; 1,202 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 17 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 829 positive and probable cases; 773 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 844 positive and probable cases; 747 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 911 positive and probable cases; 850 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,074 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. 8 included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Pipestone and Windom; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Tuff Memorial Home, Hills; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 296,866 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 256,151 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 4,139 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,810 positive cases (two new cases); 1,590 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 (no new cases); 1,142 recovered; 30 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Rock Rapids Health Center with 10 cases and eight recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 628 positive cases (no new cases); 588 recovered; nine deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 22,429,685 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 374,521 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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