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New COVID-19 cases reported in Nobles, Rock, Murray and Cottonwood counties

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REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday, with the total number of positive cases in the county at 1,651 since testing began, according to Monday morning’s status update by the Minnesota Department of Health. Nobles County Public Health reports 1,629 of the individuals testing positive were beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Monday.

Six Nobles County residents have died thus far from the novel coronavirus.

Current statistics in neighboring counties are:

  • Cottonwood County: 132 positive cases (one new case); 125 beyond the isolation period.

  • Jackson County: 54 positive cases; 53 beyond the isolation period.

  • Murray County: 50 positive cases (one new case).

  • Pipestone County: 20 positive cases; one death.

  • Rock County: 30 positive cases (one new case).

Statewide: 35,861 positive cases of COVID-19 (315 new cases in the last 24-hour period); 31,225 individuals recovered; 1,435 deaths (10 new deaths) with another 35 deemed probable victims of the virus.
Among the dead are 1,129 individuals who had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Currently, 278 patients are hospitalized, including 140 individuals in intensive care units. Since testing began, 3,603 Minnesota health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Iowa (according to Iowa Department of Public Health): 28,732 positive cases; 17,729 recovered; 707 deaths.


  • Dickinson County: 238 positive cases; 109 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 51 positive cases; 45 recovered.

  • Lyon County: 39 positive cases; 33 recovered.

Nationwide (according to Johns Hopkins University): 2,557,980 positive cases; 685,164 recovered; 125,864 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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