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Murray County records first COVID-19 death

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REGIONAL — Murray County recorded its first death from COVID-19 in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Friday morning’s situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The individual was between the ages of 90 and 99, and no additional information is available.

Murray County also reported two new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its cumulative total to 110 since reporting began.

In Nobles County, seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported as of 4 p.m. Thursday, bringing its cumulative total to 1,721. As of Monday, 1,690 of those individuals were beyond the 10-day isolation period. The county stands at six COVID-19 deaths.

Pipestone County, which recorded its sixth death from the novel coronavirus this week, had four new cases reported in Friday’s update, bringing its cumulative total to 128 cases. Rock County, also seeing an increase in positive tests this week, had five new cases reported Friday, bringing its cumulative total to 49.

Cottonwood County has had 155 positive cases of COVID-19 thus far, while Jackson County has a cumulative total of 61 cases.

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Area long-term care facilities currently dealing with exposures to COVID-19 are: Good Samaritan Society, Windom; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Ridge View Estates, Pipestone; and Jasper Sunrise Village.

Statewide, 49,488 positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, with 773 new cases in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Of those who have tested positive, 42,882 individuals no longer need isolation. A total of 1,566 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus thus far, with another 40 deemed probable victims of the virus.

Among the dead are 1,199 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 278 patients are hospitalized, including 108 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 5,833 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 41,000 positive cases; 29,166 recovered; 820 deaths.

  • Dickinson County: 352 positive cases; 235 recovered; four deaths.

  • Osceola County: 73 positive cases; 51 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 86 positive cases; 65 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University): 4,054,407 positive cases; 1,233,269 recovered; 144,524 deaths.

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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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