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

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

Statewide, 1,292 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported during the 24-hour period, along with 32 deaths. Among the dead were 15 individuals who resided in private residences, 15 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, one resident of a group home or residential behavioral health facility, and one person who was incarcerated. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 6,011, including 3,825 residents of long-term care facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 450,762 (positive and antigen tests), with 433,722 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 35,256 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 today by MDH shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,724 cases; 3,594 recoveries; 18.3% positivity rate; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,278 cases; 1,226 recoveries; 9.9% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 863 cases; 824 recoveries; 10.2% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 899 cases; 857 recoveries; 9.2% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 955 cases; 892 recoveries; 7.9% positivity rate; 23 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,106 cases; 1,062 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 309,280 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 271,953 recoveries. Thus far, 4,445 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,877 positive cases (16 new cases); 1,655 recovered; 29 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 44 cases, 38 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,357 positive cases (three new cases); 1,208 recovered; 33 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 644 positive cases (four new cases); 604 recovered; 10 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 24,455,537 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 406,536 Americans have died from the virus.

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