REGIONAL — Minnesota reported 884 new cases of COVID-19 among residents during the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday. The new cases included five (for the second consecutive day) in Nobles County, three in Pipestone County and two in Jackson County. Cottonwood, Murray and Rock counties each reported no new cases.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 478,157 (positive and antigen tests), with 464,504 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,432 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were also 11 new COVID-related deaths reported for the day, five of whom resided in a private residence and six who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,423, including 4,034 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: 3,844 cases; 3,742 recoveries; 47 deaths; 11.1%.

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

  • Jackson County: 919 cases; 887 recoveries; 10 deaths; 11.3%.

  • Murray County: 938 cases; 922 recoveries; eight deaths; 16.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,006 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 358,957 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 308,711 recoveries. Thus far, 5,336 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,143 positive cases; 1,855 recoveries; 38 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,445 positive cases; 1,345 recoveries; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 692 positive cases; 636 recoveries; 14 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 28,010,586 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 496,144 Americans have died from the virus.



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