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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