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Jackson County records two more COVID-19 cases

Cottonwood County adds a single case.

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REGIONAL — Jackson County recorded two newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 during the latest 24-hour period, while Cottonwood County reported one new case, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The new cases were among 469 statewide during the reporting period, which ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 599,234 (positive and antigen tests), with 586,144 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 42,504 Minnesota healthcare workers have contracted the virus.

There were no new COVID-related deaths recorded during the one-day period. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,370, including 4,414 residents of long-term care facilities.

Following are cumulative positive and probable COVID-19 cases and deaths as reported by MDH, recoveries (beyond the 10-day isolation period) as of May 20, and the percentage of residents ages 12 and older who received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Saturday:

  • Cottonwood County: 1,665 cases; 1,620 recoveries; 23 deaths; 57%.

  • Jackson County: 1,223 cases; 1,205 recoveries; 12 deaths; 49%.

  • Murray County: 1,069 cases; 1,051 recoveries; nine deaths; 51%.

  • Nobles County: 4,083 cases; 4,023 recoveries; 48 deaths; 59%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,163 cases; 1,123 recoveries; 26 deaths; 53%.

  • Rock County: 1,287 cases; 1,260 recoveries; 19 deaths; 50%.

The free saliva testing site for COVID-19 has closed in Worthington.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures on May 20 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran and Mikkelson Manor Good Samaritan Society homes, Windom; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, Good Samaritan Society homes in Westbrook and Pipestone; 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.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 400,905 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 6,035 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,680 positive cases (no new cases); 2,413 recovered; 44 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,593 positive cases (no new cases); 1,526 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 815 positive cases (no new cases); 760 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 33,120,470 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 p.m. today. Thus far, 589,925 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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