REGIONAL — Nobles, Cottonwood and Rock counties each reported two new positive cases of COVID-19 among residents during the 24-hour span that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, Murray County reported one new case and Jackson and Pipestone counties had no new cases. The information was provided this morning in an update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Another 473 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the one-day period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 490,483 (positive and antigen tests), with 476,856 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,020 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Six more COVID-related deaths were also recorded during the 24-hour span. Among the dead were three individuals who resided in a private residence, and three individuals who were residents of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,556, including 4,082 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 March 4, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,875 cases; 3,806 recoveries; 47 deaths; 18.7%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,363 cases; 1,315 recoveries; 20 deaths; 24.8%.

  • Jackson County: 947 cases; 913 recoveries; 10 deaths; 20.5%.

  • Murray County: 955 cases; 927 recoveries; eight deaths; 23.4%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,019 cases; 983 recoveries; 24 deaths; 23.6%.

  • Rock County: 1,165 cases; 1,139 recoveries; 14 deaths; 20.6%.

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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.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 367,177 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,559 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,204 positive cases (three new cases); 1,895 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,461 positive cases (no new cases); 1,382 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 709 positive cases (one new case); 645 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 29,001,272 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 525,136 Americans have died from the virus.

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