REGIONAL — Murray County recorded four more residents testing positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that culminated at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Cottonwood, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties each recorded two new cases and Jackson County recorded one new case.

Statewide, another 788 individuals received positive test results for the novel coronavirus during the one-day period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 486,434 (positive and antigen tests), with 473,252 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,873 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another 17 COVID-related deaths were also recorded during the 24-hour span. Among the dead were 10 individuals who resideded in a private residence, and seven individuals who were residents of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,507, including 4,064 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 Monday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,872 cases; 3,770 recoveries; 47 deaths; 16.2%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,350 cases; 1,309 recoveries; 20 deaths; 22.6%.

  • Jackson County: 936 cases; 900 recoveries; 10 deaths; 17.4%.

  • Murray County: 948 cases; 927 recoveries; eight deaths; 22%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,016 cases; 975 recoveries; 24 deaths; 19.8%.

  • Rock County: 1,159 cases; 1,137 recoveries; 14 deaths; 16%.

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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, 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 364,841 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,501 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,180 positive cases (six new cases); 1,886 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,461 positive cases (three new cases); 1,376 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 706 positive cases (one new case); 644 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 28,725,592 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 517,006 Americans have died from the virus.

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