REGIONAL — The death of a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 90 and 94 was among the 50 Minnesota residents who became the latest to die from complications of COVID-19, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The information was based on a 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Of the 50 new deaths, 16 of the individuals resided in private residences, 33 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and one was a resident of a group home or residential behavioral health facility.

The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 5,774, including 3,693 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 1,504 new cases of the virus, including 10 in Jackson County, eight in Nobles County, four in Rock County, three in Murray County, two in Pipestone County and one in Cottonwood County.

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The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 440,354 (positive and antigen tests), with 419,139 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 34,275 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with cumulative positive and probable test results, along with recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) released Jan. 7 by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,635 cases; 3,476 recoveries; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,244 cases; 1,202 recoveries; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 839 cases; 773 recoveries; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 852 cases; 747 recoveries; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 915 cases; 850 recoveries; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,078 cases; 1,004 recoveries; 11 deaths.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. 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 is still advised.

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 8 included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Pipestone and Windom; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; Tuff Memorial Home, Hills; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 299,918 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 260,505 recoveries. Thus far, 4,232 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,823 positive cases (nine new cases); 1,618 recovered; 22 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 42 cases, 20 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,326 positive cases (14 new cases); 1,158 recovered; 32 deaths. Rock Rapids Health Center reports 10 cases and eight recoveries.

  • Osceola County: 630 positive cases (one new case); 595 recovered; nine deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 22,864,103 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 381,513 Americans have died from the virus.

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