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Nobles County adds 11 new COVID-19 cases

Jackson County loses seventh individual due to novel coronavirus


REGIONAL — Nobles County added 11 more positive cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the daily update released Saturday morning by the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, another 2,170 Minnesotans tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the one-day period. Jackson County reported five new cases and Cottonwood, Pipestone and Rock counties added one new case each. Murray County reported new cases.

Jackson County lost a seventh resident due to complications from COVID-19 during the latest 24-hour period. The individual was between the ages of 85-89; no other information is available.

Statewide, 57 more deaths were recorded during the one-day reporting period. These included 24 individuals who resided in private residences, 32 individuals in long-term care facilities, and one individual in a group home or behavioral health facility. The cumulative death total from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota now stands at 5,107, including 3,305 residents of long-term care facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 406,545 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 382,705 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 31,320 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.


Sunday's Minnesota Department of Health update will include data from a 48-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Saturday.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries and positivity rate are based on information released Dec. 24 by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,438 positive cases; 61 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.7% positivity rate among individuals tested; 44 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,128 positive cases; 79 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; 14 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 729 positive cases; 43 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; seven deaths.

  • Murray County: 704 positive cases; 31 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.4% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 837 positive cases; 25 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.4% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 951 positive cases; 58 probable cases; 959 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.6% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged online at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.
Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Dec. 18 included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center and Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society/Mikkelsen Manor, Windom; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 274,315 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 227,669 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,744 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,667 positive cases (two new cases); 1,394 recovered; 15 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 28 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,221 positive cases (five new cases); 1,031 recovered; 24 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Osceola County: 606 positive cases (two new cases); 528 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 26 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 18,771,885 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Recovery data is not available. There have been 330,345 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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