REGIONAL — Murray County recorded 12 new, positive and probable cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour reporting period that culminated at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while Nobles County added nine new cases, Cottonwood County added five, Jackson and Pipestone counties each recorded three new cases and Rock County added one new case.

The information was released this morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Statewide, 1,237 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported during the 24-hour period, along with 34 deaths. Among the dead were 13 individuals who resided in private residences, 20 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, and one resident of a group home or residential behavioral health facility. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 5,979, including 3,810 residents of long-term care facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 449,492 (positive and antigen tests), with 432,738 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 35,102 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results, as well as recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) and positivity rate among those tested, based on a weekly reported issued Jan. 14 by MDH shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,717 cases; 3,517 recoveries; 18.6% positivity rate; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,277 cases; 1,214 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 860 cases; 800 recoveries; 10.3% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 893 cases; 784 recoveries; 9.2% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 947 cases; 866 recoveries; 7.8% positivity rate; 23 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,103 cases; 1,035 recoveries; 8.2% positivity rate; 12 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 Friday included Colonial Manor, Lakefield; 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 307,595 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 270,577 recoveries. Thus far, 4,394 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,861 positive cases (nine new cases); 1,653 recovered; 27 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 44 cases, 38 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,354 positive cases (five new cases); 1,200 recovered; 32 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 640 positive cases (no new cases); 602 recovered; nine deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 24,273,831 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 402,400 Americans have died from the virus.

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