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Murray, Jackson counties each report COVID-related deaths

Nobles County has more than 70 residents within their 10-day isolation period.

WORTHINGTON — A Murray County resident between the ages of 70 and 74, and a Jackson County resident between the ages of 95 and 99, each died from complications of COVID-19 during the month of October, according to reports released Thursday and Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health. No other information is provided.

Meanwhile, another 2,158 Minnesota residents tested positive for COVID-19, according to Friday’s update. The new cases were reported during the latest 24-hour reporting period. Among the new cases were eight residents each in Nobles and Jackson counties, seven residents of Murray County, five residents of Cottonwood County, three residents of Rock County and one resident of Pipestone County.

Since the virus was first detected in Minnesota, 8,537 residents have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,725 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 770,246 confirmed and probable positive cases of the virus in the state, with 742,063 of those individuals no longer isolating.

Among Minnesota’s health care workers, 48,998 individuals have tested positive for the virus thus far.

Following is current data on the virus in the far corner of southwest Minnesota:

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Nobles County: 4,816 cases; 4,682 recovered; 52 deaths; 65.7% of residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of Thursday, the Nobles County Emergency Operations Center reported 77 residents within their 10-day isolation period. They included six children ages birth to 10; 14 children aged 11 to 15; two teens aged 16 to 19; four individuals aged 20 to 25; 32 individuals aged 26 to 50; 11 individuals aged 51 to 64; and eight individuals aged 65 and older.

Cottonwood County: 1,971 cases; 1,883 recovered; 28 deaths; 60.9% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,473 cases; 1,414 recovered; 15 deaths; 56.1% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,350 cases; 1,278 recovered; 11 deaths; 60.6% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,334 cases; 1,286 recovered; 27 deaths; 55.2% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,553 cases; 1,508 recovered; 19 deaths; 56.2% vaccinated.

MDH continues to track outbreaks in schools and long-term care facilities in the state, with information updated weekly on Thursdays.

As of Oct. 21, Heron Lake-Okabena Secondary, Fulda Elementary, Murray County Central Elementary and Murray County Central Secondary in Slayton, Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School in Worthington, Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary in Hills and Luverne Senior High have outbreaks (five or more positive cases of the virus).

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Also, long-term care facilities with current outbreaks as reported Oct. 21 include the Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake and Jackson, Lakeview Assisted Living in Heron Lake, Colonial Manor and Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield, Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, and Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

All Minnesota residents aged 12 and older are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. The Nobles County Public Health department 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 Drug and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 if interested in receiving a vaccine or if you have questions regarding receiving a vaccine.

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Health reported 517,544 positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 6,675 of those cases reported within the last seven days. Thus far, 6,848 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. As of Friday, 526 individuals were hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 138 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 82.6% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 72.1% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases in the last seven days, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older are as follows:

  • Dickinson County: 30 cases; 60.5% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 23 cases; 45.2% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 23 cases; 48.5% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 45,312,103 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, with 2,625,051 of those cases reported in the last 28 days. Thus far, 733,435 Americans have died from the virus, including 47,978 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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