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COVID-19 claims 12th Cottonwood County resident

Area counties reporting lower numbers of new infections during 24-hour period.


REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded its 12th death from complications of COVID-19, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The individual was between the ages of 90 and 94. No other information is available.

Statewide, there were 22 deaths reported during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Among them were 11 individuals who resided in private residences, 10 individuals in long-term care facilities, and one individual whose residency was unknown.

Meanwhile, another 1,998 more Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the one-day period. Locally, Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties each reported six new cases; Rock County reported four; Pipestone County reported three and Murray County reported one new case.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 399,311 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 373,301 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 30,569 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries and positivity rate are based on information released Dec. 17 by MDH.


  • Nobles County: 3,413 positive cases; 57 probable cases; 3,249 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 20.3% positivity rate among individuals tested; 43 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,119 positive cases; 77 probable cases; 1,044 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; 12 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 712 positive cases; 34 probable cases; 617 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Murray County: 698 positive cases; 24 probable cases; 662 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.7% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 834 positive cases; 25 probable cases; 787 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.7% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Rock County: 945 positive cases; 57 probable cases; 904 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.9% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr. Appointments are encouraged online at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.
Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Friday included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center and Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society/Mikkelsen Manor, Windom; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 267,748 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 214,724 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,589 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,641 positive cases (three new cases); 1,273 recovered; 13 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,188 positive cases (no new cases); 958 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 20 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Osceola County: 600 positive cases (no new cases); 501 recovered; six deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 14 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 17,862,876 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 317,749 COVID-related deaths in the United States.
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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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