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Few reports of new COVID-19 cases continue

Saliva testing site open Thursdays through Mondays at the Worthington Event Center.


REGIONAL — Among the six counties of far southwest Minnesota, there were just two newly reported positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday. Nobles and Cottonwood counties each reported one new case, while Jackson, Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties reported no new cases of the virus.

Statewide, there were 586 new COVID-19 cases reported during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 469,254 (positive and antigen tests), with 455,280 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,019 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another six deaths were recorded among Minnesota residents during the one-day period, including one individual who resided in a private residence, and five who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,308, including 3,977 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results, as well as recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) and positivity rate among those tested, based on a weekly reported issued Feb. 4 by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,789 cases; 3,703 recoveries; 17.4% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,317 cases; 1,274 recoveries; 9.5% positivity rate; 19 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 897 cases; 866 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 930 cases; 908 recoveries; 8.7% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 995 cases; 956 recoveries; 7.4% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,144 cases; 1,118 recoveries; 7.7% positivity rate; 12 deaths.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. Hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places is still advised.


Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Feb. 5 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 325,379 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 296,440 recoveries. Thus far, 5,145 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,932 positive cases (one new case); 1,798 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,415 positive cases (two new cases); 1,303 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 656 positive cases (no new cases); 621 recovered; 13 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 27,101,604 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 465,435 Americans have died from the virus.
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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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