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Jackson County adds seven COVID-19 cases; Nobles County adds five

Two regional deaths also reported during latest 24-hour period


REGIONAL — Another seven Jackson County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Nobles County and Pipestone County each recorded five new cases; Rock County, four; and Cottonwood and Murray counties, three each.

There were 2,204 new cases of COVID-19 reported among Minnesotans during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 415,302 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 397,080 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 32,194 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, another 61 deaths were recorded for the day, including 23 individuals who resided in private residences, 37 individuals in long-term care facilities and one individual in a group homes or residential behavioral health facility. Thus far, 5,323 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,394 individuals residing in long-term care facilities.

Two of the deaths during the latest 24-hour period were a 95- to-99-year-old individual from Cottonwood County and a 90- to 94-year-old person from Nobles County. No other information is available.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries and positivity rate are based on information released Dec. 24 by MDH.


  • Nobles County: 3,467 positive cases; 63 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.7% positivity rate among individuals tested; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,142 positive cases; 79 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; 15 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 747 positive cases; 44 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 717 positive cases; 38 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.4% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 845 positive cases; 30 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.4% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 957 positive cases; 68 probable cases; 959 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.6% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged online at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.
Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Dec. 26 included Crossroads Care Center and Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 280,306 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 238,978 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,891 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,704 positive cases (26 new cases); 1,455 recovered; 19 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 28 cases and three recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,257 positive cases (16 new cases); 1,063 recovered; 25 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Osceola County: 611 positive cases (two new cases); 550 recovered; eight deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 30 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 19,767,016 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 342,73 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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