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COVID-19 claims two more Nobles County residents

Lyon County, Iowa, reports 11 new deaths since Monday morning update.


REGIONAL — Lyon County, Iowa reported new 11 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday, while Osceola County, Iowa reported one new death and Nobles County reportedly lost two more residents to the novel coronavirus.

The Nobles County individuals were between the ages of 65 and 69, and 95 and 99, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other information is being released.

Minnesota reported a 24-hour total of 3,080 new cases of COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. Monday, including 14 new cases in Nobles and Rock counties, 12 in Cottonwood and Jackson counties, 10 in Pipestone County and nine new cases in Murray County. The information was released Tuesday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Statewide, 22 more deaths were reported from complications of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. Among the dead were seven individuals who resided in private residences and 13 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 4,027 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,660 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases rose to 359,203 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 314,957 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 26,168 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 is based on information released Dec. 3 by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,238 positive cases; 34 probable cases; 3,052 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Monday; 37 deaths; 20.9% positivity rate. As of Monday, the 172 currently infected residents included one aged birth to 10; two aged 11-15; 10 aged 16-19; 29 aged 20-25; 62 aged 26-50; 42 aged 51-64; and 26 aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 994 positive cases; 57 probable cases; 773 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths; 9.9% positivity rate.

  • Jackson County: 596 positive cases; 11 probable cases; 450 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; 9.9% positivity rate.

  • Murray County: 649 positive cases; 11 probable cases; 549 beyond the 10-day isolation period; five deaths; 9.6% positivity rate.

  • Pipestone County: 789 positive cases; 15 probable cases; 661 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 18 deaths; 9% positivity rate.

  • Rock County: 879 positive cases; 23 probable cases; 716 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10 deaths; 8.9% positivity rate.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 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 include Ecumen Meadows, Golden Horizons and Crossroads Care Center, all in Worthington; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Colonial Manor Nursing Home and Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center and Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, Windom and Westbrook; Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society/Mikkelsen Manor, Windom; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 246,240 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 168,058 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,919 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state, including 202 new deaths reported Tuesday.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,504 positive cases (18 new cases); 1,020 recovered; 11 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Health Care, Milford, with 42 cases and 11 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,097 positive cases (seven new cases); 724 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Good Samaritan Society, George, with 32 cases and 21 recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 565 positive cases (four new cases); 395 recovered; three deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 30 cases and zero recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 14,975,348 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with 5,714,557 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 284,116 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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