REGIONAL — For the second consecutive day, Nobles County recorded another six residents testing positive for COVID-19, according to today’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Rock County reported two new cases, while Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray and Pipestone counties recorded no new cases. The information was gained from a 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Minnesota logged another 783 new positive cases of COVID-19 during the one-day period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 475,379 (positive and antigen tests), with 462,502 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,307 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were also 10 new COVID-related deaths reported for the day, seven of whom resided in a private residence, while three were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,390, including 4,019 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results and deaths as reported by MDH, recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) as of Feb. 10, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,827 cases; 3,723 recoveries; 47 deaths; 10.7%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,328 cases; 1,282 recoveries; 20 deaths; 15.4%.

  • Jackson County: 910 cases; 878 recoveries; 10 deaths; 11.2%.

  • Murray County: 935 cases; 921 recoveries; eight deaths; 16.2%.

  • Pipestone County: 999 cases; 964 recoveries; 24 deaths; 13%.

  • Rock County: 1,150 cases; 1,124 recoveries; 12 deaths; 13%.

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A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, 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 Feb. 12 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; and Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 330,434 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 305,241 recoveries. Thus far, 5,306 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,971 positive cases (two new cases); 1,834 recovered; 38 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,430 positive cases (seven new cases); 1,336 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 662 positive cases (two new cases); 632 recovered; 14 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 27,762,686 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 488,352 Americans have died from the virus.

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