Cottonwood County reports 14 new COVID-19 cases
Pipestone County adds nine new cases of the virus.
REGIONAL — Fourteen more residents of Cottonwood County tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, Pipestone County reported nine new cases, Jackson County, six, Rock County, five, Nobles County, three and Murray County, two.
The new cases were among 1,715 reported statewide during the one-day period, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 547,101 (positive and antigen tests), with 522,843 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 40,158 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.
Another 16 deaths were recorded for the day, including 13 individuals from private residences, two individuals from long-term care or assisted living facilities and one person from a group home or residential behavioral health facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,978, including 4,320 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 April 8, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday shows:
Nobles County: 3,978 cases; 3,866 recoveries; 48 deaths; 53%. As of Monday, there were 35 residents within their 10-day isolation period. These included two individuals aged birth to 10; three aged 11 to 15; six aged 16 to 19; one aged 20-25; 17 aged 26 to 50; six aged 51 to 64 and none aged 65 and older.
Cottonwood County: 1,541 cases; 1,426 recoveries; 20 deaths; 50%.
Jackson County: 1,154 cases; 1,011 recoveries; 10 deaths; 43%.
Murray County: 1,018 cases; 969 recoveries; nine deaths; 47%.
Pipestone County: 1,088 cases; 1,024 recoveries; 25 deaths; 48%.
Rock County: 1,218 cases; 1,173 recoveries; 18 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 8, include Colonial Manor and Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Jackson and Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton and Ecumen Meadows in Worthington.
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 387,202 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,857 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.
In northwest Iowa:
Dickinson County: 2,579 positive cases (15 new cases); 2,094 recovered; 43 deaths.
Lyon County: 1,543 positive cases (two new cases); 1,441 recovered; 41 deaths.
Osceola County: 774 positive cases (three new cases); 673 recovered; 16 deaths.
Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 31,350,848 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 563,520 Americans have died from the virus.
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