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Five area counties report a single new case of COVID-19

Nobles County reports no new cases. Saliva testing site open this weekend at the Worthington Events Center.


REGIONAL — One newly diagnosed case of COVID-19 was reported in each of Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties during the latest 24-hour period, with no new cases in Nobles County, according to this morning’s report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The new cases were among 874 statewide during the reporting period. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 597,052 (positive and antigen tests), with 582,480 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,385 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

There were eight new COVID-related deaths recorded during the one-day period. Among them were seven individuals from private residences and one resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,333, including 4,396 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results and deaths as reported by MDH, recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) as of May 20, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday shows:

  • Cottonwood County: 1,663 cases; 1,620 recoveries; 23 deaths; 56%.

  • Jackson County: 1,221 cases; 1,205 recoveries; 12 deaths; 46%.

  • Murray County: 1,067 cases; 1,051 recoveries; nine deaths; 51%.

  • Nobles County: 4,082 cases; 4,023 recoveries; 48 deaths; 57%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,161 cases; 1,123 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.

  • Rock County: 1,285 cases; 1,260 recoveries; 19 deaths; 49%.

A free saliva testing site for COVID-19 is open at the Worthington Event Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures on May 20 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran and Mikkelson Manor Good Samaritan Society homes, Windom; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, Good Samaritan Society homes in Westbrook and Pipestone; and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.


All Minnesota residents aged 12 and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccines. The 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. Vaccine is also available through Nobles County’s Public Health department.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 400,370 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 6,025 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,676 positive cases (no new cases); 2,405 recovered; 44 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,593 positive cases (two new cases); 1,518 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 815 positive cases (two new cases); 759 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 33,029,091 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 p.m. today. Thus far, 587,930 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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