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Four area counties report new COVID cases

Rock, Pipestone, Nobles and Jackson counties each add new cases of the novel coronavirus.


REGIONAL — Rock County recorded three new cases of COVID-19, while Pipestone County has two new cases and Jackson and Nobles County each have one new case in the last 24-hour period, according to this morning’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota now reports 77,085 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 69,521 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 761 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the last 24-hour period that closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, along with seven deaths. Five of the seven deaths were among people living in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Statewide, 1,830 individuals have now died from COVID-19, with another 52 people believed to have died from the virus but were not tested. Among the dead are 1,345 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 297 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 135 individuals in intensive care units. Thus far, 8,445 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began:


  • Nobles County: 1,870 positive cases; 1,825 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Monday; 13 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 202 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 97 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 143 positive cases; two deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 189 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 110 positive cases.

Congregate care facilities with current exposures to COVID-19 in this area include Adrian Country Living Cottages in Adrian, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake, The Lodge at Mountain Lake, Lindenwood Assisted Living in Slayton, and Falls Landing Assisted Living and Ridge View Estates, both in Pipestone.
The Iowa Department of Health reports 66,139 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 48,032 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,125 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 152 positive cases; 132 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 99 positive cases; 80 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 431 positive cases; 370 recovered; six deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 6,082,260 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with 2,202,682 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 184,910 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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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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