REGIONAL — Minnesota reported 1,001 new cases of COVID-19 among residents during the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. The cases included five in Nobles County, three in Jackson County, two each in Cottonwood and Murray counties, and one each in Pipestone and Rock counties.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 477,287 (positive and antigen tests), with 463,454 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,392 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were also eight new COVID-related deaths reported for the day, four of whom resided in a private residence, two were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, one was a resident of a group home or residential behavioral health facility and the living situation for one was unknown. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,412, including 4,029 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. 18, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,838 cases; 3,742 recoveries; 47 deaths; 11.1%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,331 cases; 1,296 recoveries; 20 deaths; 15.6%.

  • Jackson County: 917 cases; 887 recoveries; 10 deaths; 11.3%.

  • Murray County: 937 cases; 922 recoveries; eight deaths; 16.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,003 cases; 971recoveries; 24 deaths; 13%.

  • Rock County: 1,151 cases; 1,132 recoveries; 12 deaths; 13.1%.

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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 today included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; and Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 331,626 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 307,584 recoveries. Thus far, 5,336 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,989 positive cases (five new cases); 1,851 recovered; 38 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,440 positive cases (five new cases); 1,343 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 666 positive cases (one new case); 636 recovered; 14 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 27,901,914 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 493,501 Americans have died from the virus.



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