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Nobles County reports 12 new cases of COVID-19

State records lowest number of deaths since Nov. 30.


REGIONAL — The number of new COVID-19 infections in the area trended lower today, with Nobles County reporting 12 new cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Cottonwood County reported 11 new cases, Murray County, five, and Jackson, Pipestone and Rock counties each reporting two new cases. Statewide, another 3,026 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Across Minnesota, 18 deaths were reported from complications of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period — the lowest number of deaths from the virus statewide since Nov. 30. Among the dead were seven individuals who resided in private residences, and 11 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 4,462 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,917 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 381,841 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 347,077 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 28,650 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. 10 by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,344 positive cases; 51 probable cases; 3,089 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 20.6% positivity rate; 41 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,067 positive cases; 75 probable cases; 919 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.6% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Jackson County: 664 positive cases; 27 probable cases; 513 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; three deaths.

  • Murray County: 686 positive cases; 19 probable cases; 596 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.7% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 815 positive cases; 21 probable cases; 734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Rock County: 920 positive cases; 46 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 Drive. 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 256,919 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 190,221 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,273 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,569 positive cases (two new cases); 1,112 recovered; 12 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Health Care, Milford, with 41 cases and 11 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,140 positive cases (no new cases); 821 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 14 cases and zero recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 590 positive cases (one new case); 448 recovered; five deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 33 cases and three recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 16,280,842 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today, with 6,298,082 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 299,370 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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