Murray, Cottonwood counties report new COVID-related deaths

Cottonwood County added three deaths to toll this week.

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REGIONAL — Cottonwood County recorded its third COVID-related death in one week, while Murray County recorded one new death from the virus, according to Friday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The Cottonwood County resident was between the ages of 60 and 64, while the Murray County resident was between the ages of 65 and 69.

The deaths were among 32 reported statewide on Friday. Among the dead were 23 individuals from private residences and nine individuals from long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The state’s death toll from the virus is now 10,971 people, including 5,228 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Meanwhile, another 11,560 Minnesotans tested positive for the virus during the one-day reporting period — the highest daily total this week. Among the new cases were 36 residents from Nobles County, 10 from Pipestone County, nine from Jackson County, eight from Rock County, seven from Cottonwood County and four from Murray County.

The statewide, cumulative number of individuals who have tested positive or probable for the virus — including reinfections — is 1,138,246.


Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 5,820 cases; 5,500 no longer isolating as of Jan. 13; 56 deaths; 66.7% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

Cottonwood County: 2,630 cases; 2,475 no longer isolating; 37 deaths; 61.8% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,826 cases; 1,736 no longer isolating; 16 deaths; 57.3% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,717 cases; 1,622 no longer isolating; 15 deaths; 61.3% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,715 cases; 1,605 no longer isolating; 31 deaths; 57.1% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,977 cases; 1,858 no longer isolating; 32 deaths; 55.6% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities reporting an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider as of Jan. 13 include the Good Samaritan Society home in Mountain Lake.


Nobles County Public Health 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 Pharmacy and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 with questions.

The Iowa Department of Health reported Friday that there were 33,502 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 deaths within the last seven days. Thus far in the state, 8,201 deaths are blamed on the virus. IDH also reported 998 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 174 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 77% were unvaccinated, while 69.7% of hospitalized individuals were unvaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents ages 5 and older last updated on Wednesday were:

  • Dickinson County: 139 cases; 59% fully vaccinated.
  • Lyon County: 135 cases; 46.5% fully vaccinated.
  • Osceola County: 70 cases; 42.9% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 1:20 p.m. Friday that 848,051 Americans have died from the virus, including 40,878 people in the last 28 days.
The Minnesota Department of Health continues to ask people to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results, and to practice universal precautions including washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds), social distancing, and avoiding crowded or confined spaces.

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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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