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Cottonwood County reports COVID-19 death

New COVID cases are on the rise in area counties.

WORTHINGTON — A Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 85 and 89 is the latest to die from complications of COVID-19. The death was among 51 reported Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Of the 51 deaths, 42 were among people living in private homes, while eight were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities and one was a resident of a residential behavioral health facility. Forty-seven of the deaths occurred in November, one in October and three in September.

MDH also reported another 10,913 Minnesotans tested positive or probable for the virus during the reporting period. Among them were 25 residents of Nobles County, 21 from Cottonwood County, 19 from Pipestone County, 16 from Murray County, 11 from Rock County and 10 from Jackson County.

Since the virus was first detected in Minnesota, 9,047 residents have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,843 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 857,791 confirmed positive and probable cases statewide, including reinfections.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

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Nobles County: 5,145 cases; 4,921 no longer isolating as of Nov. 11; 54 deaths; 62.5% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Cottonwood County: 2,155 cases; 2,036 recovered; 31 deaths; 58.3% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,563 cases; 1,508 recovered; 16 deaths; 54.6% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,475 cases; 1,410 recovered; 11 deaths; 58.2% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,453 cases; 1,345 recovered; 29 deaths; 53.6% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,712 cases; 1,617 recovered; 27 deaths; 53.1% 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.

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.

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The Iowa Department of Health reported Monday 8,427 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 526 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 117 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 80.2% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 73.4% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older last updated on Nov. 9 were:

  • 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 10:30 a.m. Tuesday that 764,608 Americans have died from the virus, including 36,429 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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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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