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Nobles, Murray counties each lose one more resident to COVID-19

Nineteen more Nobles County residents test positive for the novel coronavirus.


REGIONAL — Nobles and Murray counties have each recorded another resident’s death due to complications from COVID-19, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The information was based on a 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Nobles County individual was between the ages of 75 and 79, while the Murray County individual was between the ages of 90 and 94. No other information is provided by MDH.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the area continues to rise, with Nobles County reporting 19 new cases during the 24-hour period. Cottonwood County added another 16 cases, Jackson County added 12, Rock County added eight, Murray County added five and Pipestone County added three.

Statewide, another 5,192 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the 24-hour period, bringing the state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive cases to 327,477 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 286,219 beyond the 10-day isolation period.

In addition, 77 more deaths are being blamed on COVID-19. Among the dead were 32 individuals who resided in private residences, 44 individuals in long-term care facilities, and one individual who resided in a group home or residential behavioral health facility. There have now been 3,692 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,474 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.


The Nobles County Joint Information Team asks everyone to stay home when feeling sick and/or awaiting COVID-19 test results, including those who live with them. Also, only members of the same household are advised to gather together.

“Residents need to remain vigilant in the use of universal precautions. Hand washing with soap (for 20 seconds), physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and the use of face masks are important,” the team stated in a release.

Thus far, 23,731 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 is based on information released Nov. 19 by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,121 positive cases; 16 probable cases; 2,846 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 31 deaths; 21.2% positivity rate.

  • Cottonwood County: 886 positive cases; 42 probable cases; 601 beyond the 10-day isolation period; four deaths; 9% positivity rate.

  • Jackson County: 511 positive cases; seven probable cases; 359 beyond the 10-day isolation period; one death; 9% positivity rate.

  • Murray County: 601 positive cases; five probable cases; 493 beyond the 10-day isolation period; four deaths; 9.1% positivity rate.

  • Pipestone County: 736 positive cases; 11 probable cases; 570 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 18 deaths; 8.8% positivity rate.

  • Rock County: 790 positive cases; 11 probable cases; 582 beyond the 10-day isolation period; nine deaths; 8.1% positivity rate.

Congregate care facilities in this area with COVID-19 exposures as of Friday include Adrian Country Living Cottages, Adrian; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Ecumen Meadows, Golden Horizons, Crossroads Care Center and South Shore Care Center, all in Worthington; Colonial Manor Nursing Home and Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, Windom and Westbrook; Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.
The Iowa Department of Health reports 233,917 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 142,250 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 2,449 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,420 positive cases (17 new cases); 888 recovered; 11 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,057 positive cases (four new cases); 634 recovered; eight deaths.

  • Osceola County: 539 positive cases (three new cases); 345 recovered; one death. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 19 cases in the last two weeks.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 13,751,282 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. today, with 5,226,581 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 271,064 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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