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Pipestone, Rock counties add 14 new COVID-19 cases


REGIONAL — The southwest Minnesota counties of Pipestone and Rock combined to add 14 new COVID-18 cases during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Health's Situation Update released Saturday morning..

Rock County added eight new cases, while Pipestone County recorded six new cases. Nobles County and Jackson County had three new cases each, while Murray County added one new case.

Minnesota’s cumulative number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 stands at 83,588, with 76,650 beyond the 10-day isolation period. There were 929 new cases of the coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period, along with nine deaths.

Statewide, 1,906 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 1,389 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 247 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, with 140 individuals in intensive care units. Thus far, 9,077 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: 1,906 positive cases; 1,857 beyond the 10-day isolation period as of Friday; 15 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 208 positive cases.

  • Jackson County: 103 positive cases; one death.

  • Murray County: 147 positive cases; two deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 201 positive cases; nine deaths.

  • Rock County: 129 positive cases.

Congregate care facilities with current exposures to COVID-19 in this area include Adrian Country Living Cottages in Adrian, Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Valley View Assisted Living in Jackson, Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Lake, Lindenwood Assisted Living in Slayton and South Shore Care Center in Worthington.
The Iowa Department of Health reports 73,547 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 52,932 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 1,216 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Lyon County: 182 positive cases; 152 recovered; three deaths.

  • Osceola County: 103 positive cases; 90 recovered.

  • Dickinson County: 448 positive cases; 385 recovered; six deaths.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 6,408,332 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with 2,417,787 individuals deemed recovered. There have been 193,177 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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