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Jackson County adds two more cases of COVID-19

Vaccination rates holding steady in six area counties.

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REGIONAL — Jackson County recorded two more cases of COVID-19 among its residents during the last 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while Cottonwood and Murray counties each reported one new case. There were no new cases in Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties, according to today’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Statewide, there were 658 new cases recorded during the 24-hour period. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 596,186 (positive and antigen tests), with 581,861 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,334 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

There were 15 new COVID-related deaths recorded during the one-day period. Among them were 10 individuals from private residences and five residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,325, including 4,395 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 May 13, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday shows:

  • Cottonwood County: 1,662 cases; 1,594 recoveries; 23 deaths; 56%.

  • Jackson County: 1,220 cases; 1,198 recoveries; 12 deaths; 46%.

  • Murray County: 1,066 cases; 1,043 recoveries; nine deaths; 51%.

  • Nobles County: 4,082 cases; 4,014 recoveries; 48 deaths; 57%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,160 cases; 1,112 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.

  • Rock County: 1,284 cases; 1,250 recoveries; 19 deaths; 49%.

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.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures on May 13 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran and Mikkelson Manor Good Samaritan Society homes, Windom; Lakeview Assisted Living, Heron Lake; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

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All Minnesota residents aged 12 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. Vaccine is also available through Nobles County’s Public Health department.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 400,088 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 6,018 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,677 positive cases (three new cases); 2,402 recovered; 44 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,591 positive cases (three new cases); 1,514 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 813 positive cases (no new cases); 757 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,999,741 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 p.m. today. Thus far, 587,247 Americans have died from the virus.
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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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