REGIONAL — Cottonwood, Jackson and Murray counties each had eight more residents test positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Pipestone County, meanwhile, added five new cases, Nobles County added two more cases and Rock County added one new case.

Statewide, 2,004 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed during the 24-hour period, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 532,658 (positive and antigen tests), with 509,834 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 39,642 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another 19 deaths were recorded for the day, including 14 from private residences and five residents of assisted living or long-term care facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,908, including 4,298 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 Monday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,941 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: 1,500 cases; 1,404 recoveries; 20 deaths; 49%.

  • Jackson County: 1,100 cases; 961 recoveries; 10 deaths; 41%.

  • Murray County: 997 cases; 955 recoveries; nine deaths; 45%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,063 cases; 1,010 recoveries; 25 deaths; 43%.

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

Newsletter signup for email alerts

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 383,293 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,836 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,520 positive cases (19 new cases); 2,024 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,528 positive cases (no new cases); 1,424 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 752 positive cases (no new cases); 670 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,851,290 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 556,578 Americans have died from the virus.

As a public service, we’ve opened this article to everyone regardless of subscription status. If this coverage is important to you, please consider supporting local journalism by clicking on the subscribe button in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.