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Nobles, four other area counties add two COVID-19 cases each

Walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site remains open at Worthington Event Center

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REGIONAL — There were 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 among southwest Minnesota residents during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday. Nobles County — along with Cottonwood, Jackson, Pipestone and Rock counties — all recorded two new cases each. Murray County added no cases of the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, there were 1,030 new cases of the virus reported during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 467,217 (positive and antigen tests), with 452,183 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 36,930 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another 17 deaths were recorded among Minnesota residents, including 10 individuals who resided in a private residence and seven who were residents of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,289, including 3,966 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results, as well as recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) and positivity rate among those tested, based on a weekly reported issued Thursday by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,781 cases; 3,703 recoveries; 17.4% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,313 cases; 1,274 recoveries; 9.5% positivity rate; 19 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 893 cases; 866 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 930 cases; 908 recoveries; 8.7% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 993 cases; 956 recoveries; 7.4% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,143 cases; 1,118 recoveries; 7.7% positivity rate; 12 deaths.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. Hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places is still advised.

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Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 29 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 323,871 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 293,071 recoveries. Thus far, 5,108 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,929 positive cases (two new cases); 1,776 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,410 positive cases (six new cases); 1,293 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 655 positive cases (no new cases); 617 recovered; 12 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 26,822,829 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 459,895 Americans have died from the virus.

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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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