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COVID-19 vaccination rates rise in area counties

More than 3,300 Minnesota residents tested positive for the virus in latest 24-hour period.

WORTHINGTON — Another 3,348 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health during its daily report on Friday. The new cases were from positive test results recorded during a 24-hour period that ended at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Among the new cases were 13 residents of Cottonwood County, eight residents each from Murray and Nobles counties, six residents of Pipestone County, five residents of Jackson County, and four residents of Rock County.

Since the virus was first detected in Minnesota, 8,669 residents have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,753 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 787,550 confirmed and probable positive cases of the virus in the state, with 758,496 of those individuals no longer isolating.

Following is current data on the virus in the far corner of southwest Minnesota:

Nobles County: 4,869 cases; 4,747 recovered; 52 deaths; 67.9% of residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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Cottonwood County: 2,019 cases; 1,925 recovered; 29 deaths; 63.8% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,497 cases; 1,440 recovered; 15 deaths; 59% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,395 cases; 1,323 recovered; 11 deaths; 63.1% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,349 cases; 1,297 recovered; 27 deaths; 58.7% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,597 cases; 1,526 recovered; 19 deaths; 57.8% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities with current outbreaks as reported Oct. 28 include the Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake and Jackson, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Windom, Lakeview Assisted Living in Heron Lake, Colonial Manor in Lakefield, Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

All Minnesota residents aged 12 and older are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. 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 Drug and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 if interested in receiving a vaccine or if you have questions regarding receiving a vaccine.

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Health reported 525,151 positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 6,484 of those cases reported within the last seven days. Thus far, 6,965 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. As of Friday, 494 individuals were hospitalized with complications from COVID-19 , with another 116 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 82.8% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 68.5% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

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In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases in the last seven days, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older are as follows:

  • Dickinson County: 21 cases; 60.8% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 15 cases; 45.3% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 39 cases; 48.6% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 45,892,544 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Friday, with 2,345,331 of those cases reported in the last 28 days. Thus far, 744,955 Americans have died from the virus, including 44,422 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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