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Cottonwood County records another death from COVID-19

Nobles County reported another 32 positive cases of the virus on Thursday.

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WORTHINGTON — For the second time this week, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported the death of a Cottonwood County resident due to complications from COVID-19. On Thursday, MDH reported another 52 deaths statewide. The Cottonwood County resident was between the ages of 95 and 99.

Of the newly reported deaths, 48 were from private residences, nine from long-term care or assisted living facilities and one was from a residential behavioral health facility.

The state’s death toll from the virus has now reached 10,939 people, including 5,219 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Meanwhile, COVID cases continue to climb, with 11,510 new cases reported in Thursday’s update. Among them were 32 residents of Nobles County, 16 from Murray County, nine each from Cottonwood and Rock counties, four from Pipestone County, and two from Jackson County.

The statewide, cumulative number of individuals who have tested positive or probable for the virus — including reinfections — is 1,126,697.


Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 5,782 cases; 5,500 no longer isolating as of Jan. 13; 56 deaths; 66.6% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one vaccine dose. As of Tuesday, Nobles County Emergency Management reported 189 residents are currently infected with the virus and within their 10-day isolation period. These included 10 people aged birth to 10; 15 people aged 11 to 15; 17 people aged 16 to 19; 43 people aged 20 to 25; 77 people aged 26 to 50; 20 people aged 51 to 64; and seven people aged 65 and older.

Cottonwood County: 2,622 cases; 2,475 no longer isolating; 36 deaths; 61.8% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,817 cases; 1,736 no longer isolating; 16 deaths; 57.3% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,713 cases; 1,622 no longer isolating; 14 deaths; 61.2% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,705 cases; 1,605 no longer isolating; 31 deaths; 57.1% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,969 cases; 1,858 no longer isolating; 32 deaths; 55.6% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities reporting an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider as of Jan. 13 include the Good Samaritan Society home in Mountain Lake.


Nobles County Public Health 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 Wednesday that there were 34,258 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 deaths within the last seven days. Thus far in the state, 8,201 deaths are blamed on the virus. IDH also reported 923 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 178 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 78.9% were unvaccinated, while 72.6% of hospitalized individuals were unvaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents ages 5 and older last updated on Wednesday were:

  • Dickinson County: 139 cases; 59% fully vaccinated.
  • Lyon County: 135 cases; 46.5% fully vaccinated.
  • Osceola County: 70 cases; 42.9% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 4:20 p.m. Thursday that 846,149 Americans have died from the virus, including 40,417 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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