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Cottonwood County adds 31 new cases of COVID-19

Another 22 residents of Nobles County test positive or probable for the virus.

REGIONAL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 12,632 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, and no new deaths during the reporting period. No deaths were reported because deaths were not processed by MDH on Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 26.

Of the more than 12,600 new cases statewide, 31 individuals reside in Cottonwood County, 22 in Nobles County, 19 in Rock County, 11 in Jackson County, nine in Pipestone County and six in Murray County.

Since the virus was first detected, 9,382 Minnesotans have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,926 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 912,370 confirmed positive and probable cases statewide, including reinfections.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 5,247 cases; 5,089 no longer isolating as of Nov. 29; 54 deaths; 63.6% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.


Cottonwood County: 2,292 cases; 2,129 recovered; 32 deaths; 59.3% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,608 cases; 1,549 recovered; 16 deaths; 55.3% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,518 cases; 1,469 recovered; 11 deaths; 59.1% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,495 cases; 1,428 recovered; 29 deaths; 54.5% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,774 cases; 1,692 recovered; 28 deaths; 54.1% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities reporting an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider as of Nov. 29 include South Shore Care Center and Golden Horizons in Worthington; Good Samaritan Society homes in Westbrook and Luverne; The Lodge at Mountain Lake, Edgebrook Estates in Edgerton, the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne and The Tuff Village in Hills.

The Nobles County 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 Pharmacy and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 with questions.

The Iowa Department of Health reported Monday 7,952 new cases of COVID-19 and 86 deaths within the last seven days. Thus far, 7,354 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. IDH also reported 665 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 154 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 85.6% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 75.1% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.


In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older last updated on Monday were:

  • Dickinson County: 25 cases; 61.9% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 27 cases; 46.3% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 9 cases; 49.5% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday that 778,667 Americans have died from the virus, including 30,148 people in the last 28 days.
The Minnesota Department of Health continues to ask people to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results, and to practice universal precautions including washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds), social distancing, and avoiding crowded or confined spaces.

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