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Four new COVID-19 cases reported in area counties

No new COVID-related deaths recorded during 24-hour period.

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REGIONAL — Minnesota recorded no new COVID-related deaths during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, there were another 1,197 new cases of the virus reported, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Among the new cases were two in Murray County, and one each in Pipestone and Rock counties.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 569,440 (positive and antigen tests), with 547,021 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,043 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Minnesota’s death toll from the virus stands at 7,079, including 4,353 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 April 22, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday shows:

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  • Nobles County: 4,029 cases; 3,921 recoveries; 48 deaths; 55%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,595 cases; 1,508 recoveries; 21 deaths; 53%.

  • Jackson County: 1,200 cases; 1,139 recoveries; 10 deaths; 45%.

  • Murray County: 1,040 cases; 1,009 recoveries; nine deaths; 49%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,114 cases; 1,049 recoveries; 26 deaths; 50%.

  • Rock County: 1,248 cases; 1,193 recoveries; 19 deaths; 47%.

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. The testing site will be closed April 29-30, May 1-2 and May 6-9.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 22 include Colonial Manor in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Pipestone and Luverne; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Ecumen Meadows in Worthington; Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

All Minnesota residents aged 16 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.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 392,563 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,927 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,638 positive cases (no new cases); 2,208 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,568 positive cases (no new cases); 1,461 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 800 positive cases (no new cases); 698 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,080,017 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 572,226 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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