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Cottonwood County adds nine new COVID-19 cases

Pipestone County adds five, Nobles County four

A syringe needle is filled with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, during a vaccination clinic at Winona Park & Rec East Recreation Center in Winona, Minn. (Traci Westcott / Forum News Service)

REGIONAL — The number of new cases of COVID-19 around southwest Minnesota rose Saturday, as Cottonwood County reported nine new cases of COVID-19, according to Saturday morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Pipestone County added five new cases, while Nobles County had four and Rock County one. Jackson and Murray counties each had no new cases reported.

Statewide, there were 882 new cases recorded during the 24-hour period, according to Saturday morning’s update. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 593,622 (positive and antigen tests), with 576,890 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,183 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

There were three new COVID-related deaths recorded during the one-day period. Among them were two individuals from private residences and one resident of a long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,286, including 4,388 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 Thursday shows:

  • Cottonwood County: 1,658 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: 4,080 cases; 4,014 recoveries; 48 deaths; 57%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,159 cases; 1,112 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.

  • Rock County: 1,283 cases; 1,250 recoveries; 19 deaths; 49%.

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 399,316 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 6,000 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,674 positive cases (one new case); 2,381 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,589 positive cases (two new cases); 1,507 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 815 positive cases (two new casess); 741 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,899,513 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 585,289 Americans have died from the virus.
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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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