REGIONAL — Jackson County recorded its 11th death due to complications from COVID-19, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The individual was aged 85 to 89. No other information is available.

The death was one of 15 recorded during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Eight of the individuals lived in private residences, while seven were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,128, including 4,365 residents of long-term care facilities.

Statewide, 1,921 new cases were reported in the one-day period, including six new cases in Nobles County, five in Rock County and three each in Cottonwood and Pipestone counties. No new cases were recorded in Jackson and Murray counties.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 573,938 (positive and antigen tests), with 552,069 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,288 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

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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 22, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,051 cases; 3,961 recoveries; 48 deaths; 55%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,606 cases; 1,557 recoveries; 21 deaths; 54%.

  • Jackson County: 1,203 cases; 1,168 recoveries; 11 deaths; 45%.

  • Murray County: 1,044 cases; 1,020 recoveries; nine deaths; 49%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,128 cases; 1,075 recoveries; 26 deaths; 50%.

  • Rock County: 1,258 cases; 1,213 recoveries; 19 deaths; 47%.

A free saliva testing site for COVID-19 is open at the Worthington Event Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The testing site will be closed today through Sunday and May 6-9.

Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 29 include the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

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 394,003 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,931 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,652 positive cases (eight new cases); 2,255 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,574 positive cases (one new case); 1,469 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 801 positive cases (no new cases); 703 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,233,258 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 574,355 Americans have died from the virus.

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