REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded three new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, while Jackson and Rock counties each reported one new case and Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties added no new cases. The additional new cases were among 998 added statewide during the single-day reporting period, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 581,335 (positive and antigen tests), with 560,733 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,623 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, another 11 deaths were recorded across Minnesota for the one-day period, 10 of whom lived in private residences and one who lived in a long-term care/assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,174, including 4,371 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 Sunday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,063 cases; 3,961 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,619 cases; 1,557 recoveries; 21 deaths; 54%.

  • Jackson County: 1,209 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: 1,268 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 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 395,738 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,960 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,660 positive cases (no new case); 2,311 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,582 positive cases (five new cases); 1,483 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 803 positive cases (no new case); 713 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,477,368 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thus far, 577,671 Americans have died from the virus.

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