REGIONAL — Cottonwood County has recorded its 23rd death due to COVID-19, according to Friday morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The latest individual was between the ages of 45 and 49; no other information is available.

Murray County reported two new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles and Rock counties each had one new case, and no new cases were reported in Pipestone County.

Statewide, there were 1,306 new cases recorded during the 24-hour period, according to Friday morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 592,750 (positive and antigen tests), with 575,133 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,141 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

There were nine new COVID-related deaths recorded during the one-day period. Among them were six individuals from private residences and three residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,283, including 4,387 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 May 13, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

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  • Cottonwood County: 1,649 cases; 1,594 recoveries; 23 deaths; 55%.

  • Jackson County: 1,218 cases; 1,198 recoveries; 12 deaths; 46%.

  • Murray County: 1,063 cases; 1,043 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.

  • Nobles County: 4,077 cases; 4,014 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,154 cases; 1,112 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.

  • Rock County: 1,282 cases; 1,250 recoveries; 19 deaths; 48%.

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.

Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures on May 13 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran and Mikkelson Manor Good Samaritan Society homes, Windom; Lakeview Assisted Living, Heron Lake; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

All Minnesota residents aged 12 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. Vaccine is also available through Nobles County’s Public Health department.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 399,074 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,998 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,673 positive cases (two new cases); 2,376 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,587 positive cases (three new cases); 1,507 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 813 positive cases (no new cases); 737 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,860,853 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 584,570 Americans have died from the virus.

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