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Jackson County reports eighth COVID-19 death

Latest report is for 48-period ending at 4 p.m. Saturday


REGIONAL — Jackson County lost an eighth resident due to complications from COVID-19 during the 48-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Sunday morning's Minnesota Department of Health update. The individual was between the ages of 85-89; no other information is available.

Statewide, 40 more deaths were recorded during the two-day reporting period. These included 13 individuals who resided in private residences and 27 individuals in long-term care facilities. The cumulative death total from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,147, including 3,332 residents of long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, another 2,534 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the 48-hour period. Murray County reported six new cases, Jackson County added five new cases, Cottonwood and Nobles counties each had three new cases, Rock County added two and Pipestone County had one.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 409,061 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 388,919 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 31,452 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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: 3,441 positive cases; 61 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.7% positivity rate among individuals tested; 44 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,131 positive cases; 79 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; 14 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 734 positive cases; 43 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 710 positive cases; 34 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.4% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 838 positive cases; 25 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.4% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 953 positive cases; 58 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. 18 included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center and Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society/Mikkelsen Manor, Windom; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 274,934 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 228,762 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,745 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,667 positive cases (no new cases); 1,400 recovered; 15 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 28 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,225 positive cases (four new cases); 1,037 recovered; 24 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Osceola County: 607 positive cases (one new cases); 529 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 26 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 19,000,572 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Recovery data is not available. There have been 332,145 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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