REGIONAL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday morning released data from COVID-19 testing results recorded on Sunday and Monday. Those results show 11 new cases of the virus in Jackson County during the two day-hour period, eight new cases in Cottonwood County, and two new cases each in Nobles and Murray counties. Pipestone and Rock counties each had no new COVID-19 cases.

Statewide, 3,014 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed during the period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 530,662 (positive and antigen tests), with 508,094 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 39,553 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another four deaths were recorded for Sunday and Monday, with all four from private residences. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,889, including 4,294 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 Sunday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,938 cases; 3,850 recoveries; 47 deaths; 51%. As of Monday, there were 26 residents within their 10-day isolation period. They include two individuals aged birth to 10; two aged 11 to 15; four aged 16-19; four aged 20-25; nine aged 26 to 50; four aged 51 to 64; and one aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,493 cases; 1,404 recoveries; 20 deaths; 49%.

  • Jackson County: 1,092 cases; 961 recoveries; 10 deaths; 41%.

  • Murray County: 988 cases; 955 recoveries; nine deaths; 44%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,058 cases; 1,010 recoveries; 25 deaths; 43%.

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

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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 382,487 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,835 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,501 positive cases (six new cases); 2,016 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,530 positive cases (eight new cases); 1,421 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 753 positive cases (four new cases); 670 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,793,627 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thus far, 555,735 Americans have died from the virus.

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