REGIONAL — Another 43 Minnesota residents have died 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. Wednesday.

Of the newly recorded deaths, 18 of the individuals resided in private residences, 23 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and two were residents of a group home or residential behavioral health facility.

The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 5,817, including 3,716 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 1,598 new cases of the virus, including 11 in Nobles County, 10 in Pipestone County, seven each in Cottonwood and Rock counties, and six each in Jackson and Murray counties.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 441,935 (positive and antigen tests), with 420,919 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 34,437 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

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A local snapshot of COVID-19, with cumulative positive and probable test results, recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) and positivity rate among those tested, according to a weekly reported issued today by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,646 cases; 3,517 recoveries; 18.6% positivity rate; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,251 cases; 1,214 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 845 cases; 800 recoveries; 10.3% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 858 cases; 784 recoveries; 9.2% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 925 cases; 866 recoveries; 7.8% positivity rate; 22 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,085 cases; 1,035 recoveries; 8.2% positivity rate; 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 301,471 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 262,242 recoveries. Thus far, 4,251 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,830 positive cases (seven new cases); 1,627 recovered; 25 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 43 cases, 26 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,330 positive cases (four new cases); 1,164 recovered; 32 deaths. Rock Rapids Health Center reports 10 cases and nine recoveries.

  • Osceola County: 631 positive cases (one new case); 596 recovered; nine deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 22,103,550 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 385,503 Americans have died from the virus.

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