REGIONAL — Jackson County added eight more confirmed positive or probable COVID-19 cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, according to Saturday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Cottonwood County added seven new confirmed positive or probable COVID-19 cases, while Nobles County added six, Pipestone and Rock counties two each, and Murray County one.

Statewide, 2,075 new cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded during the latest 24-hour reporting period, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 526,267 (positive and antigen tests), with 503,024 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 39,434 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Eleven deaths were reported during the 24-hour period, with seven 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 6,875, including 4,286 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 Thursday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,932 cases; 3,850 recoveries; 47 deaths; 50%. As of Thursday, there were 26 individuals within their 10-day isolation period. These included two people aged birth to 10; one aged 11 to 15, two aged 16 to 19, five aged 20-25, nine aged 26 to 50, five aged 51 to 64 and two aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,480 cases; 1,404 recoveries; 20 deaths; 47%.

  • Jackson County: 1,070 cases; 961 recoveries; 10 deaths; 39%.

  • Murray County: 986 cases; 955 recoveries; nine deaths; 43%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,057 cases; 1,010 recoveries; 25 deaths; 42%.

  • Rock County: 1,200 cases; 1,166 recoveries; 18 deaths; 41%.

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On Thursday, MDH reported four area long-term care facilities with 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.

All Minnesota residents aged 16 and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccines. The Public Health department encourages all eligible individuals to seek vaccination. Private providers in Worthington include Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 381,346 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,822 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,488 positive cases (20 new cases); 2,005 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,519 positive cases (six new cases); 1,419 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 747 positive cases (two new cases); 669 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,615,517 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 554,181 Americans have died from the virus.

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