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Nobles County adds 15 new cases of COVID-19

Minnesota adds 2,019 new cases, 66 deaths during one-day period.


REGIONAL — Another 15 Nobles County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Cottonwood County recorded seven new cases; Jackson County, three; Murray County, two; and Pipestone County, one. Rock County had no new cases, however reported four probable cases during the one-day period.

Statewide, another 66 deaths were recorded for the day, including 21 individuals who resided in private residences, 43 individuals in long-term care facilities and two individuals in group homes or residential behavioral health facilities. Thus far, 5,262 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,394 individuals residing in long-term care facilities.

There were 2,019 new cases of COVID-19 reported among Minnesotans during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 413,107 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 395,679 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 31,968 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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: 3,462 positive cases; 61 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.7% positivity rate among individuals tested; 45 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,138 positive cases; 80 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; 14 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 740 positive cases; 44 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 714 positive cases; 37 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.4% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 840 positive cases; 26 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.4% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 953 positive cases; 62 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. 26 included Crossroads Care Center and Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.


The Iowa Department of Health reports 278,600 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 236,656 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,822 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,678 positive cases (two new cases); 1,446 recovered; 17 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake with 28 cases and two recoveries thus far.

  • Lyon County: 1,241 positive cases (seven new cases); 1,057 recovered; 25 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 21 cases and one recovery thus far.

  • Osceola County: 609 positive cases (one new case); 546 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 30 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 19,530,197 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today. Recovery data is not available. There have been 338,831 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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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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