REGIONAL — The Minnesota Department of Health reported no new COVID-related deaths and 79 newly confirmed cases of the virus statewide in its daily update issued at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The report showed no new cases of the virus in the six-county area of far southwest Minnesota during the 24-hour reporting period, and new cases have remained quite low in this area of the state.

Statewide, 7,587 Minnesotans have died from the virus since the start of the global pandemic, including 4,474 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has reached 605,297 (positive and antigen tests), with 596,930 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

Cumulative positive and probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, recoveries as of June 24, and the percentage of residents to receive at least one dose of the vaccine locally as of Sunday are:

  • Cottonwood County: 1,671 cases; 1,647 recoveries; 24 deaths; 59%.

  • Jackson County: 1,228 cases; 1,214 recoveries; 12 deaths; 50%.

  • Murray County: 1,071 cases; 1,060 recoveries; 10 deaths; 53%.

  • Nobles County: 4,083 cases; 4,025 recoveries; 50 deaths; 62%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,166 cases; 1,140 recoveries; 26 deaths; 55%.

  • Rock County: 1,286 cases; 1,268 recoveries; 19 deaths; 51%.

Parkview Manor in Ellsworth is the only long-term care facility in the six-county area to have had recent exposure to the virus, according to the MDH weekly report issued June 24.

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In Iowa, 404,545 people have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far and 6,133 have died from complications of the virus.

Among neighboring counties in northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,687 positive cases; 2,450 recovered; 44 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,607 positive cases; 1,549 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 815 positive cases; 774 recovered; 17 deaths.

Nationwide, 33,642,146 have tested positive for COVID-19 and 604,179 Americans have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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