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Nobles County records 45th death from COVID-19

Saliva testing site open at the Worthington Event Center.


REGIONAL — Nobles County recorded its 45th death due to complications from COVID-19 Monday, according to the latest update provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The individual was between the ages of 75 and 79. No other information is available.

During the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, another 36 deaths were recorded statewide, including 24 individuals who resided in private residences and 12 individuals in long-term care facilities. Thus far, 5,196 Minnesotans have died from the novel coronavirus, including 3,351 individuals residing in long-term care facilities.

Another 988 Minnesotans tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period, including four residents of Nobles County, two residents of Jackson County and one resident each of Murray and Pipestone counties. No new cases were reported in Cottonwood and Rock counties.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 411,110 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 393,506 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 31,776 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: 3,447 positive cases; 61 probable cases; 3,371 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 19.7% positivity rate among individuals tested; 45 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,131 positive cases; 80 probable cases; 1,135 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; 14 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 737 positive cases; 44 probable cases; 699 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Murray County: 712 positive cases; 35 probable cases; 708 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.4% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 839 positive cases; 25 probable cases; 822 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.4% positivity rate; 21 deaths.

  • Rock County: 953 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. 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 276,948 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 233,723 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,812 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,676 positive cases (four new cases); 1,430 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: 1,234 positive cases (eight new cases); 1,048 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: 608 positive cases (one new case); 540 recovered; seven deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 34 cases and 29 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 19,334,975 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Recovery data is not available. There have been 335,208 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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