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Only five new COVID-19 cases in six-county region


REGIONAL — Five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the six-county region of far southwest Minnesota in the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Monday, according to information released Tuesday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota now reports 81,608 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 74,235 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 387 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period, along with two deaths.

Statewide, 1,862 individuals have now died from COVID-19, with another 52 people believed to have died from the virus but were not tested. Among the dead are 1,361 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, 257 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 135 individuals in intensive care units. Thus far, 8,880 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.

A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began:


  • Nobles County: 1,893 positive cases (one new); 1,830 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Friday; 13 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 206 positive cases (two new).

  • Jackson County: 99 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 148 positive cases (two new); two deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 198 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 116 positive cases.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 70,723 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 50,386 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,174 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.
In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 168 positive cases; 144 recovered; two deaths.

  • Osceola County: 101 positive cases; 87 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 444 positive cases; 377 recovered; six deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 6,304,402 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with 2,333,551 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 189,283 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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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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