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Rock County loses 18th individual to COVID-19

Six new cases of novel coronavirus in Jackson County; three in Nobles County


REGIONAL — Rock County recorded its 18th COVID-19 related death during the 24-hour reporting period that ended at 4 .p.m. Thursday. The individual was between the ages of 55 and 59.

Jackson County recorded six new positive cases of COVID-19 during the most recent 24-hour reporting period, while Nobles County added three new cases and Cottonwood County two. Murray, Pipestone and Rock counties each had no new confirmed positive cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 1,714 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, pushing the cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to 512,097 (positive and antigen tests), with 492,672 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,992 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Seven new deaths were reported statewide during the 24-hour period, with all seven individuals residing in a private residence. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,821, including 4,264 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 March 25, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:


  • Nobles County: 3,907 cases; 3,842 recoveries; 47 deaths; 32.0%. As of Thursday, 14 residents were within their 10-day isolation period, including one child aged birth to 10; one individual aged 16 to 19, two individuals aged 20 to 25; four individuals aged 26 to 50; four individuals aged 51 to 64; and two individuals aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,436 cases; 1,378 recoveries; 20 deaths; 31.9%.

  • Jackson County: 991 cases; 944 recoveries; 10 deaths; 27.8%.

  • Murray County: 971 cases; 954 recoveries; eight deaths; 30.6%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,042 cases; 1,001 recoveries; 24 deaths; 28.4%.

  • Rock County: 1,188 cases; 1,159 recoveries; 18 deaths; 25.3%.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 376,818 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,716 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.
In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,387 positive cases (18 new cases); 1,975 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,496 positive cases (no new cases); 1,415 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 733 positive cases (five new cases); 665 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 30,090,221 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 546,915 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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