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Rock County reports 19th death from COVID-19

Cottonwood County reports 12 new cases of the virus.

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REGIONAL — The death of a Rock County resident due to complications of COVID-19 was among 11 deaths statewide reported by the Minnesota Department of Health in its daily update this morning. The Rock County resident was between the ages of 85 and 89, and is the 19th person from there to die from the virus.

Of the 11 deaths statewide, seven were from private residences and four resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,989, including 4,324 residents of long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, 2,736 more Minnesotans received positive COVID-19 test results during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Among them were 12 residents of Cottonwood County, eight from Nobles County, five from Jackson County, three from Pipestone County and two from Murray County. Rock County reported no new cases for the day.

The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases statewide now stands at 549,830 (positive and antigen tests), with 524,290 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 40,235 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

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 15, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday shows:

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  • Nobles County: 3,987 cases; 3,890 recoveries; 48 deaths; 53%.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,553 cases; 1,472 recoveries; 20 deaths; 50%.

  • Jackson County: 1,159 cases; 1,082 recoveries; 10 deaths; 43%.

  • Murray County: 1,020 cases; 981 recoveries; nine deaths; 47%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,091 cases; 1,033 recoveries; 25 deaths; 48%.

  • Rock County: 1,217 cases; 1,182 recoveries; 19 deaths; 44%.

A 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 18-19, April 29-30, May 1-2 and May 6-9.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 15, include Colonial Manor and Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Jackson, Pipestone and Luverne; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Ecumen Meadows in Worthington and Parkview Manor in Ellsworth.

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 387,805 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,870 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,581 positive cases (two new cases); 2,100 recovered; 43 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,545 positive cases (two new cases); 1,444 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 778 positive cases (four new cases); 674 recovered; 16 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 31,431,167 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 564,489 Americans have died from the virus.
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Related Topics: CORONAVIRUS
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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