REGIONAL — With no reporting on Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health today released data from COVID-19 testing results recorded on Saturday. Those results show a dozen new cases of the virus in Jackson County during the 24-hour period, five new cases in Cottonwood County, four in Nobles County, two in Rock County and one each in Murray and Pipestone counties.

MDH also noted that due to a technical issue, fewer cases than normal were able to be processed, which means the numbers posted today may be lower, and cases posted on Tuesday may be higher.

Statewide, 1,385 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 527,650 (positive and antigen tests), with 504,712 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 39,471 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another 10 deaths were recorded for the day, including three from private residences and seven residents of assisted living or long-term care facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,885, including 4,293 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 Friday shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,936 cases; 3,850 recoveries; 47 deaths; 51%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,485 cases; 1,404 recoveries; 20 deaths; 48%.

  • Jackson County: 1,082 cases; 961 recoveries; 10 deaths; 41%.

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

  • Pipestone County: 1,058 cases; 1,010 recoveries; 25 deaths; 42%.

  • Rock County: 1,202 cases; 1,166 recoveries; 18 deaths; 41%.

Four area long-term care facilities have reported COVID-19 exposures, including 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 381,965 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: 2,495 positive cases (seven new cases); 2,005 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,522 positive cases (three new cases); 1,420 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 749 positive cases (two new cases); 669 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,708,630 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 555,015 Americans have died from the virus.

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