REGIONAL — A Rock County resident between the ages of 75 and 79 was the lone Minnesota death recorded due to complications from COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that concluded at 4 p.m. Monday.

The information was reported in Tuesday’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The individual resided in a private residence.

Also during the one-day period, 513 more Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including two residents each in Jackson and Nobles counties, and one resident each in Cottonwood and Rock counties.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 480,091 (positive and antigen tests), with 467,147 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,505 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,434, including 4,038 residents of long-term care facilities.

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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: 3,851 cases; 3,742 recoveries; 47 deaths; 11.1%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,334 cases; 1,296 recoveries; 20 deaths; 15.6%.

  • Jackson County: 923 cases; 887 recoveries; 10 deaths; 11.3%.

  • Murray County: 940 cases; 922 recoveries; eight deaths; 16.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,007 cases; 971recoveries; 24 deaths; 13%.

  • Rock County: 1,153 cases; 1,132 recoveries; 13 deaths; 13.1%.

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

The Iowa Department of Health reports 360,271 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,400 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,149 positive cases (two new cases); 1,865 recovered; 38 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,453 positive cases (five new cases); 1,355 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 695 positive cases (four new cases); 639 recovered; 14 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 28,194,840 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thus far, 500,617 Americans have died from the virus.



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