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Cottonwood, Pipestone counties report COVID-19 deaths

Nobles County records 39 new cases; northwest Iowa counties also see significant increases in cases.

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WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health reported another 49 deaths statewide due to complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday, including a Cottonwood County resident between the ages of 95 and 99, and a Pipestone County resident between the ages of 65 and 69. The state’s death toll from the virus has now reached 10,887 people, including 5,211 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The 49 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths included 40 individuals from private residences, eight from long-term care or assisted living facilities and one from a residential behavioral health facility.

Meanwhile, COVID cases continue to climb across the state, with 10,719 new cases reported in Wednesday’s update. Among them were 39 residents of Nobles County, 20 from Cottonwood County, 14 from Pipestone County, eight from Rock County and seven each from Jackson and Murray counties.

The statewide, cumulative number of individuals who have tested positive or probable for the virus — including reinfections — is 1,115,198.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

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Nobles County: 5,742 cases; 5,386 no longer isolating as of Jan. 6; 56 deaths; 66.4% 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: 2,607 cases; 2,444 no longer isolating; 35 deaths; 61.8% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,806 cases; 1,705 no longer isolating; 16 deaths; 57.2% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,695 cases; 1,596 no longer isolating; 14 deaths; 61.1% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,700 cases; 1,586 no longer isolating; 31 deaths; 57% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,956 cases; 1,818 no longer isolating; 32 deaths; 55.5% 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. 6 include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

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.

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The Iowa Department of Health reports 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 2:20 p.m. Wednesday that 843,624 Americans have died from the virus, including 40,228 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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