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Number of new COVID-19 cases trends lower for second day

Nobles County records 12 more residents testing positive for the novel coronavirus during last 24-hour period.


REGIONAL — The number of new COVID-19 infections in the area has trended lower so far this week, with Nobles County reporting 12 new cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday.

Cottonwood County reported seven new cases, Jackson County, six, Pipestone and Rock counties each reporting four, and Murray County with two new cases. Statewide, another 2,340 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the period, according to Tuesday morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Across Minnesota, 21 deaths were reported from complications of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period. Among the dead were 10 individuals who resided in private residences and 11 individuals in long-term care facilities. There have now been 4,483 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 2,928 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 384,164 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 351,820 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 28,954 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: 3,356 positive cases; 52 probable cases; 3,089 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 20.6% positivity rate; 41 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,074 positive cases; 74 probable cases; 919 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.6% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Jackson County: 670 positive cases; 27 probable cases; 513 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; three deaths.

  • Murray County: 688 positive cases; 19 probable cases; 596 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.7% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 819 positive cases; 21 probable cases; 734 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Rock County: 924 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 included 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 258,283 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 196,147 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,340 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,580 positive cases (11 new cases); 1,161 recovered; 12 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Accura Health Care, Milford, with 42 cases and 12 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,145 positive cases (five new cases); 867 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 18 cases and zero recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 593 positive cases (three new cases); 464 recovered; five deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 33 cases and four recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 16,545,465 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with 6,298,082 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 301,264 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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