REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded four more positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour reporting period that culminated at 4 p.m. Friday, while Pipestone County added two new cases of the novel coronavirus and Jackson, Murray and Nobles added one new case each.. They were among 826 Minnesotans to receive positive test results for the virus during the one-day time span.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases has reached 483,790 (positive and antigen tests), with 469,959 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,744 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

A total of 13 deaths were reported during the latest 24-hour span. Among the dead were five individuals who resided in a private residence and eight individuals who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,475, including 4,053 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. 25, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,865 cases; 3,770 recoveries; 47 deaths; 11.7%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,345 cases; 1,309 recoveries; 20 deaths; 16.2%.

  • Jackson County: 933 cases; 900 recoveries; 10 deaths; 11.9%.

  • Murray County: 943 cases; 927 recoveries; eight deaths; 19.2%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,014 cases; 975 recoveries; 24 deaths; 17.4%.

  • Rock County: 1,156 cases; 1,137 recoveries; 14 deaths; 13.4%.

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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 Friday included Colonial Manor, Lakefield; and Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 363,077 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,470 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,169 positive cases (three new cases); 1,876 recovered; 38 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,456 positive cases (no new cases); 1,367 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 703 positive cases (two new cases); 643 recovered; 14 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 28,491,818 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 510,797 Americans have died from the virus.

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