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Four area counties report no new COVID-19 cases in daily update

A saliva testing site is open today at the Worthington Event Center.

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REGIONAL — Four of the six counties in far southwest Minnesota reported no new COVID-19 cases in testing during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Nobles and Pipestone counties each reported one new case. Those with no new cases included Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray and Rock counties.

Statewide, there were 727 new cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period, along with two deaths. The deaths included one individual who lived in a private residence, and the other was a resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 462,528 (positive and antigen tests), with 447,420 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 36,532 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,202, including 3,930 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 Jan. 28 by MDH shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,767 cases; 3,667 recoveries; 17.9% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,303 cases; 1,253 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 887 cases; 852 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 928 cases; 883 recoveries; 8.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 983 cases; 924 recoveries; 7.6% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,130 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.

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 29 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 319,506 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 283,032 recoveries. Thus far, 4,906 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,910 positive cases (one new case); 1,707 recovered; 32 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,396 positive cases (no new cases); 1,248 recovered; 35 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 654 positive cases (one new case); 607 recovered; 12 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 26,194,662 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 441,409 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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