REGIONAL — Nobles County has added five new cases of COVID-19, according to Saturday morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Cottonwood County added four new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Jackson and Murray counties added three cases each, Pipestone County added two cases and Rock County added one. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 577,524 (positive and antigen tests), with 555,214 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,456 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, another 10 deaths were recorded across Minnesota for the one-day period, including seven individuals who lived in private residences and three who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,154, including 4,370 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 29, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,058 cases; 3,961 recoveries; 48 deaths; 55%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,612 cases; 1,557 recoveries; 21 deaths; 54%.

  • Jackson County: 1,208 cases; 1,168 recoveries; 11 deaths; 45%.

  • Murray County: 1,051 cases; 1,020 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,135 cases; 1,075 recoveries; 26 deaths; 50%.

  • Rock County: 1,261 cases; 1,213 recoveries; 19 deaths; 48%.

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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 394,820 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,952 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,657 positive cases (two new cases); 2,285 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,577 positive cases (three new cases); 1,476 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 804 positive cases (one new case); 70 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,351,728 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 576,291 Americans have died from the virus.

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