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Five more Nobles County residents test positive for COVID-19

Saliva testing site open at the Worthington Event Center.

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REGIONAL — The number of new COVID-19 cases in the area remains low, with Nobles County recording five new positive or probable tests, followed by Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray and Pipestone counties with two new cases each, and Rock County reporting one new case during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 458,633 (positive and antigen tests), with 442,600 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 35,873 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 16 new deaths during the 24-hour period, including four individuals who resided in private residences and 12 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 6,140, including 3,900 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 today by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,757 cases; 3,657 recoveries; 17.9% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,297 cases; 1,253 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 881 cases; 852 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 918 cases; 883 recoveries; 8.9% positivity rate; seven deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 979 cases; 924 recoveries; 7.6% positivity rate; 23 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,126 cases; 1,096 recoveries; 8% 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.

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Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 22 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Lake; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 316,437 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 279,646 recoveries. Thus far, 4,532 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,905 positive cases (11 new cases); 1,694 recovered; 29 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,387 positive cases (five new cases); 1,238 recovered; 33 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 651 positive cases (one new case); 606 recovered; 11 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 25,620,883 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 429,870 Americans have died from the virus.

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Related Topics: CORONAVIRUS
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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