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Murray County records 14th death from COVID-19

Sixteen children under the age of 10 in Nobles County are currently isolating due to a positive COVID test.

REGIONAL — Murray County reported its 14th death due to complications from COVID-19 in Thursday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The individual was between the ages of 70 and 74. No other information is available.

The death was one of 52 statewide reported in Thursday’s update, with 38 of the individuals from private residences, 12 from long-term care or assisted living facilities, and two from a residential behavioral health facility.

Statewide, 10,306 residents have now died from complications of COVID-19, including 5,125 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

MDH also reported 3,378 more residents tested positive or probable for the virus, including 10 residents of Rock County, nine from Cottonwood County, eight from Nobles County, six from Pipestone County, five from Jackson County, and three from Murray County.

The statewide, cumulative number of individuals who have tested positive or probable for the virus — including reinfections — is 996,224.

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Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:

Nobles County: 5,412 cases; 5,301 no longer isolating as of Dec. 23; 56 deaths; 65.2% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of Thursday, there were 60 residents within their 10-day isolation period. These included 16 individuals aged birth to 10; one aged 11 to 15; two aged 16-19; eight aged 20-25; 19 aged 26 to 50; seven aged 51 to 64; and seven aged 65 and older.

Cottonwood County: 2,453 cases; 2,368 recovered; 33 deaths; 60.6% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,707 cases; 1,663 recovered; 16 deaths; 56.4% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,596 cases; 1,561 recovered; 14 deaths; 60.4% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,600 cases; 1,537 recovered; 30 deaths; 56.1% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,841 cases; 1,781 recovered; 32 deaths; 54.7% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities reporting an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider as of Dec. 23 include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda; and Crossroads Care Center, Worthington.

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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 reports 9,472 new cases of COVID-19 and 119 deaths within the last seven days. Thus far in the state, 7,799 deaths are blamed on the virus. IDH also reported 747 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 158 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 88% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 81.5% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older last updated on Friday were:

  • Dickinson County: 44 cases; 62.9% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 18 cases; 47% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 17 cases; 50.7% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 1:20 p.m. Thursday that 812,719 Americans have died from the virus, including 35,482 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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