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

Cottonwood, Murray and Pipestone counties each added one new case of the novel coronavirus, and Jackson County had no new cases. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 579,235 (positive and antigen tests) following the addition of 1,713 new cases.; 555,214 are beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,501 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, another six deaths were recorded across Minnesota for the one-day period, with each of those individuals living in private residences. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,160, 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 Friday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,061 cases; 3,961 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,613 cases; 1,557 recoveries; 21 deaths; 54%.

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

  • Murray County: 1,052 cases; 1,020 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,136 cases; 1,075 recoveries; 26 deaths; 51%.

  • Rock County: 1,266 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 395,189 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,959 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,660 positive cases (three new cases); 2,286 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,577 positive cases (no new cases); 1,477 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 804 positive cases (no new cases); 78 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,396,373 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Thus far, 576,770 Americans have died from the virus.

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