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Four area counties report new cases of COVID-19

Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties report two new cases each.

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REGIONAL — Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties each had two more residents test positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday. Meanwhile, Pipestone County added one new case, and Murray and Rock counties had no new cases.

Statewide, 716 new probable and positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded for the single day. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 498,926 (positive and antigen tests), with 483,942 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,516 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were two newly reported deaths during the one-day period, both of whom lived in a private residence. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,749, including 4,241 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 March 11, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,891 cases; 3,822 recoveries; 47 deaths; 20.3%. As of Monday, there were 14 residents within their 10-day isolation period, including two individuals between the ages of 20-25; four individuals between the ages of 26-50; four individuals between the ages of 51-64; and four individuals ages 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,398 cases; 1,328 recoveries; 20 deaths; 26.6%.

  • Jackson County: 954 cases; 925 recoveries; 10 deaths; 21.9%.

  • Murray County: 962 cases; 937 recoveries; eight deaths; 25%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,020 cases; 989 recoveries; 24 deaths; 25.4%.

  • Rock County: 1,174 cases; 1,145 recoveries; 16 deaths; 22.1%.

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 current COVID-19 exposures include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 371,193 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,642 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,272 positive cases (14 new cases); 1,944 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,484 positive cases (three new cases); 1,398 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 710 positive cases (no new cases); 650 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 29,497,420 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning. Thus far, 535,698 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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