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Jackson County records 12th death from COVID-19

Saliva testing site is open Thursdays through Mondays at the Worthington Event Center.

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REGIONAL — Jackson County recorded its 12th death due to complications of COVID-19 in the latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health, released this morning. The individual was between the ages of 70 and 74. No other information is available.

The death was one of 15 reported statewide during the one-day reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Of the deaths, 14 resided in private residences, while one was a resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,255, including 4,378 residents of long-term care facilities.

Cottonwood and Pipestone counties each recorded three new cases of COVID-19 during the one-day reporting period, while Nobles County reported two new cases and Murray County saw one new case.

Statewide, another 919 individuals received positive COVID-19 test results during the 24-hour period. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 590,436 (positive and antigen tests), with 573,350 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,021 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

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 6, 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:

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  • Cottonwood County: 1,646 cases; 1,574 recoveries; 21 deaths; 55%.

  • Jackson County: 1,217 cases; 1,189 recoveries; 12 deaths; 46%.

  • Murray County: 1,061 cases; 1,030 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.

  • Nobles County: 4,074 cases; 3,982 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%. As of Monday, 15 residents were within their 10-day isolation period, including six individuals birth to age 10; three aged 16-19; one aged 20-25; three aged 26-50; one aged 51-64; and one aged 65 and older.

  • Pipestone County: 1,154 cases; 1,088 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.

  • Rock County: 1,280 cases; 1,230 recoveries; 19 deaths; 48%.

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 6 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Windom; Lakeview Assisted Living, Heron Lake; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

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 398,496 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,994 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,669 positive cases (one new case); 2,368 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,585 positive cases (one new case); 1,502 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 814 positive cases (two new cases); 733 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,780,283 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 8:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 582,867 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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