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Cottonwood County adds another six cases of COVID-19

Nobles County reports no new positive tests for the novel coronavirus during 24-hour period.

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REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded another six residents testing positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jackson County reported three new cases and Rock County, two. Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties reported no new cases of the virus.

Statewide, another 1,046 new probable and positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the single day. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 499,962 (positive and antigen tests), with 484,819 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,554 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were seven newly reported deaths during the one-day period, including four individuals who resided in a private residence, two individuals who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and one individual classified as homeless/sheltered. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,756, including 4,243 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 March 11, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,891 cases; 3,822 recoveries; 47 deaths; 20.4%. As of Monday, there were 14 residents within their 10-day isolation period, including two individuals between the ages of 20-25; four individuals between the ages of 26-50; four individuals between the ages of 51-64; and four individuals ages 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,404 cases; 1,328 recoveries; 20 deaths; 26.6%.

  • Jackson County: 957 cases; 925 recoveries; 10 deaths; 22%.

  • Murray County: 962 cases; 937 recoveries; eight deaths; 25%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,019 cases; 989 recoveries; 24 deaths; 25.4%.

  • Rock County: 1,176 cases; 1,145 recoveries; 16 deaths; 22.2%.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. Hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places is still advised.

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Congregate care facilities with current COVID-19 exposures include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 371,794 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,666 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,286 positive cases (14 new cases); 1,949 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,486 positive cases (two new cases); 1,400 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 711 positive cases (one new case); 651 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 29,551,973 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 536,978 Americans have died from the virus.
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Related Topics: CORONAVIRUS
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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