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Cottonwood County loses 30th resident due to COVID-19 complications

Nobles County continues to see a spike in new cases of the virus.

WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health reported 28 additional COVID-related deaths in its Friday update, including a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 95 and 99.

The death was the eighth reported in the far southwest corner of Minnesota this week. Rock County lost three residents, Pipestone County lost two, and Nobles and Jackson counties each lost one resident, according to reports issued this week by MDH.

Of the 28 deaths reported Friday, 21 were among people living in private homes, while six were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and one was a resident of a residential behavioral health facility. Twenty-five of the deaths occurred in November, with three in October.

MDH also reported another 4,849 Minnesotans tested positive or probable for the virus during the 24-hour period. Among them were 12 residents of Nobles County, eight from Rock County, five from Cottonwood County, and four each from Jackson, Murray and Pipestone counties.

Since the virus was first detected in Minnesota, 8,996 residents have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,835 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 841,625 confirmed positive and probable cases statewide.

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Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 5,102 cases; 4,921 no longer isolating as of Nov. 11; 54 deaths; 61% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of Thursday, there were 122 residents currently within their 10-day isolation period. These included 15 children aged birth to 10, 17 children aged 11 to 15, three people aged 16-19, 10 people aged 20-25, 45 people aged 26-50, 17 people aged 51 to 64, and aged 15 people aged 65 and older.

Cottonwood County: 2,129 cases; 2,036 recovered; 30 deaths; 58.1% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,550 cases; 1,508 recovered; 16 deaths; 54.4% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,455 cases; 1,410 recovered; 11 deaths; 58% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,430 cases; 1,345 recovered; 29 deaths; 53.2% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,695 cases; 1,617 recovered; 27 deaths; 52.3% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities with current outbreaks as reported Nov. 11 include Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake, The Lodge at Mountain Lake, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Societies in Windom and Luverne, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

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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 Friday 8,047 new cases of COVID-19 within the last seven days. Thus far, 7,166 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. IDH also reported 487 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 115 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 87.1% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 75.8% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases in the last seven days, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older are as follows:

  • Dickinson County: 24 cases; 61.4% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 25 cases; 45.9% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 20 cases; 49% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 12:30 p.m. Friday that 759,921 Americans have died from the virus, including 36,371 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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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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