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Nobles, Rock counties each have three new COVID-19 cases

Free saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center


REGIONAL — Minnesota recorded 1,569 additional cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Sunday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The new cases included three each in Nobles and Rock counties, as well as one apiece in Jackson and Murray counties. Cottonwood and Pipestone counties each had no new cases.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 568,243 (positive and antigen tests), with 544,781 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,002 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Seven deaths were recorded during the 24-hour period, including two individuals who resided in private residences and five who lived in a long-term care/assisted living facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,079, including 4,353 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results and deaths as reported by MDH, recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) as of April 22, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday shows:

  • Nobles County: 4,029 cases; 3,921 recoveries; 48 deaths; 55%. As of Thursday, 43 residents were within their 10-day isolation period. This included four individuals aged birth to 10; seven aged 11-15; four aged 16-19; five aged 20-25; 16 aged 26 to 50; three aged 51-64; and four aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,595 cases; 1,508 recoveries; 21 deaths; 53%.

  • Jackson County: 1,200 cases; 1,139 recoveries; 10 deaths; 45%.

  • Murray County: 1,038 cases; 1,009 recoveries; nine deaths; 49%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,113 cases; 1,049 recoveries; 26 deaths; 50%.

  • Rock County: 1,247 cases; 1,193 recoveries; 19 deaths; 47%.

A free saliva testing site for COVID-19 is open at the Worthington Event Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The testing site will be closed April 29-30, May 1-2 and May 6-9.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 22 include Colonial Manor in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Pipestone and Luverne; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Ecumen Meadows in Worthington; Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.


All Minnesota residents aged 16 and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccines. The Public Health department encourages all eligible individuals to seek vaccination. Private providers in Worthington include Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 392,371 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,927 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,638 positive cases (five new cases); 2,209 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,568 positive cases (three new cases); 1,459 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 800 positive cases (no new cases); 697 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,049,185 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Thus far, 571,964 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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