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Nobles County records 40th death from COVID-19

Osceola County records two more deaths this week from the virus.


REGIONAL — Nobles County marked its 40th death from complications due to COVID-19 on Friday, in a report released by the Minnesota Department of Health. Meanwhile, Osceola County recorded another two deaths during the 24-hour period, bringing its death total from the novel coronavirus to five.

The Nobles County resident was between the ages of 90 and 94. No other details are provided.

Across Minnesota, 94 more deaths were reported from complications of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period — the second highest one-day death total in the state. Among the dead were 40 individuals who resided in private residences, 52 individuals in long-term care facilities, one in a group home or residential behavioral health facility and one in jail/prison. There have now been 4,292 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,819 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that another 3,773 residents of the state tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. The new cases included 26 in Nobles County, 15 in Jackson County, 13 in Cottonwood County, five in Murray County, four in Pipestone County and two in Rock County.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases rose to 370,968 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 327,509 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 27,571 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 today by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,303 positive cases; 45 probable cases; 3,089 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 20.6% positivity rate; 40 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,035 positive cases; 71 probable cases; 919 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.6% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Jackson County: 642 positive cases; 24 probable cases; 513 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; two deaths.

  • Murray County: 668 positive cases; 15 probable cases; 596 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.7% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 800 positive cases; 19 probable cases; 734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Rock County: 898 positive cases; 34 probable cases; 815 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Dr. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments are encouraged online at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.
Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Friday include Golden Horizons and Crossroads Care Center, all in 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, Windom and Westbrook; 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 253,089 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 183,212 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,197 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,554 positive cases (11 new cases); 1,092 recovered; 12 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Health Care, Milford, with 41 cases and 11 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,131 positive cases (three new cases); 789 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Good Samaritan Society, George, with 32 cases and 25 recoveries thus far; and the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 14 cases and zero recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 584 positive cases (two new cases); 432 recovered; five deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 33 cases and two recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 15,645,955 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, with 5,985,047 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 292,611 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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