REGIONAL — New COVID-19 infections continue to climb in Cottonwood and Jackson counties, with a dozen new cases in Cottonwood County reported during the 24-hour timeframe that culminated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and nine new cases in Jackson County.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Rock County added three new cases, Nobles County, two, and Murray County, one new case during the one-day period. Pipestone County recorded no new cases for the day.

Statewide, another 2,140 new cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded during the 24-hour period, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 521,667 (positive and antigen tests), with 500,351 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 39,295 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Twelve new deaths were reported statewide, with eight individuals residing in a private residence and four individuals in assisted living or long-term care facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,860, including 4,280 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 April 1, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,925 cases; 3,850 recoveries; 47 deaths; 48%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,466 cases; 1,404 recoveries; 20 deaths; 44%.

  • Jackson County: 1,048 cases; 961 recoveries; 10 deaths; 39%.

  • Murray County: 982 cases; 955 recoveries; eight deaths; 41%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,051 cases; 1,010 recoveries; 25 deaths; 40%.

  • Rock County: 1,196 cases; 1,166 recoveries; 18 deaths; 36%.

On Thursday, MDH reported four area long-term care facilities have current COVID-19 exposures. They include the Good Samaritan Society Mikkelsen Manor in Windom, Colonial Manor in Lakefield, Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield and Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 380,122 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,751 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,454 positive cases (28 new cases); 1,994 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,512 positive cases (three new cases); 1,418 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 742 positive cases (no new cases); 669 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,467,134 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 552,246 Americans have died from the virus.

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