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Cottonwood County records another COVID-related death

Jackson County records 10 new cases of the virus among residents.

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REGIONAL — A Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 90 and 94 is the latest to die from complications from COVID-19.

The information, reported Friday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health, stated there were six deaths reported during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Among the dead, five resided in private residences, while one was a resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility.

Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,995, including 4,325 residents of long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, 2,299 more Minnesotans received positive COVID-19 test results during the 24-hour period. Among them were 10 residents of Jackson County, nine residents of Cottonwood County, seven from Nobles County, six from Rock County, and three from Pipestone County. Murray County reported no new cases for the day.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 552,117 (positive and antigen tests), with 524,915 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 40,333 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

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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 April 15, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,994 cases; 3,890 recoveries; 48 deaths; 53%. As of Thursday, Nobles County Public Health reported 49 individuals within their 10-day isolation period. This included six aged birth to 10; four aged 11-15; six aged 16-19; three aged 20-25; 21 aged 26 to 50; seven aged 51 to 64; and two aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,562 cases; 1,472 recoveries; 21 deaths; 51%.

  • Jackson County: 1,168 cases; 1,082 recoveries; 10 deaths; 43%.

  • Murray County: 1,020 cases; 981 recoveries; nine deaths; 47%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,094 cases; 1,033 recoveries; 25 deaths; 49%.

  • Rock County: 1,217 cases; 1,182 recoveries; 19 deaths; 44%.

A 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. The testing site will be closed April 18-19, April 29-30, May 1-2 and May 6-9.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 15 include Colonial Manor and Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Jackson, Pipestone and Luverne; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Ecumen Meadows in Worthington and Parkview Manor in Ellsworth.

All Minnesota residents aged 16 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.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 388,323 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,878 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,588 positive cases (seven new cases); 2,109 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,549 positive cases (four new cases); 1,444 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 776 positive cases (no new cases); 676 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 31,500,848 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 565,353 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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