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Nobles, Jackson counties report two more cases of COVID-19

Saliva testing site is open today at the Worthington Event Center.


REGIONAL — Nobles and Jackson counties each reported two more residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, Murray and Rock counties reported one new case each, while Cottonwood and Pipestone counties reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus.

Statewide, another 611 individuals tested positive for the virus during the one-day period, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 474,169 (positive and antigen tests), with 460,537 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 37,253 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were also two new COVID-related deaths reported for the day, both of whom resided in a private residence. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,378, including 4,016 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 today by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,815 cases; 3,723 recoveries; 17% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,328 cases; 1,282 recoveries; 9.4% positivity rate; 20 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 910 cases; 878 recoveries; 9.7% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 935 cases; 921 recoveries; 8.4% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 999 cases; 964 recoveries; 7.2% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,148 cases; 1,124 recoveries; 7.6% 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.


Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Feb. 12 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; and Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 329,315 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 302,163 recoveries. Thus far, 5,237 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,969 positive cases (one new case); 1,816 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,423 positive cases (no new cases); 1,325 recovered; 40 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 660 positive cases (no new cases); 626 recovered; 13 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 27,645,547 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 485,414 Americans have died from the virus.

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Related Topics: CORONAVIRUS
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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