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Cottonwood, Pipestone counties report deaths from COVID-19 complications

Newly diagnosed positive cases of the virus still running high in area counties.

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WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Health reported the deaths of two more area residents from complications of COVID-19 this week, including a Pipestone County individual between the ages of 50 and 54, and a Cottonwood County individual aged 95 to 99.

On Friday, MDH reported that another 14,565 residents had tested positive for the virus during the latest 24-hour reporting period. Among them were 33 residents of Nobles County; 23 in Cottonwood County; 16 in Pipestone County; 15 in Murray County; eight in Rock County; and seven in Jackson County.

In addition, there were 43 newly recorded deaths, bringing the statewide death toll from the virus to 11,382 people. Of the total number of Minnesota deaths from the virus, 5,336 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The statewide, cumulative number of individuals who have recorded positive or probable test results with MDH — including reinfections — is 1,309,665.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:


Nobles County: 6,471 cases; 6,196 no longer isolating as of Jan. 27; 56 deaths; 67.2% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

Cottonwood County: 2,960 cases; 2,752 no longer isolating; 38 deaths; 62.1% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 2,007 cases; 1,818 no longer isolating; 16 deaths; 57.7% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,908 cases; 1,827 no longer isolating; 15 deaths; 61.7% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,865 cases; 1,762 no longer isolating; 32 deaths; 57.4% vaccinated.

Rock County: 2,205 cases; 2,076 no longer isolating; 32 deaths; 55.9% 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. 27 include the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Windom, Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society, Jackson, Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; and the Good Samaritan Society, Luverne.

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 Friday that there were 26,244 new cases of COVID-19 and 184 deaths statewide resulting from the virus within the last seven days. Thus far in the state, 8,501 deaths are blamed on COVID-19. IDH also reported 928 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 141 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 68.8% were unvaccinated, while 62.2% 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 on Friday were:

  • Dickinson County: 141 cases; 59.8% fully vaccinated.
  • Lyon County: 99 cases; 43.4% fully vaccinated.
  • Osceola County: 41 cases; 46.7% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 3:20 p.m. Friday that 881,353 Americans have died from the virus, including 51,670 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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