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Rock County reports COVID-19-related death

Only six new cases of novel coronavirus in region's SW Minnesota counties


REGIONAL — Area counties reported an overall decline in positive COVID-19 infections during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Friday, while Rock County also recorded the COVID-related death of an individual between the ages of 75 and 79.

Cottonwood County recorded two new infections on the day. Jackson, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock counties each reported one new case, and Murray County had no new cases.

Statewide, another 1,400 new probable and positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the single day. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 504,273 (positive and antigen tests), with 487,086 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,709 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were six newly reported deaths during the one-day period, including five individuals who resided in a private residence and one individual who was a resident of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,777, including 4,247 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 18, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday shows:


  • Nobles County: 3,896 cases; 3,832 recoveries; 47 deaths; 23.6%. As of Thursday, there were 11 individuals within their 10-day isolation period, including one individual between birth and age 10; two individuals ages 20-25; five individuals ages 26-50; two individuals ages 51-64; and one individual aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,419 cases; 1,343 recoveries; 20 deaths; 30.1%.

  • Jackson County: 966 cases; 937 recoveries; 10 deaths; 23.7%.

  • Murray County: 963 cases; 950 recoveries; eight deaths; 28.1%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,031 cases; 994 recoveries; 24 deaths; 26.6%.

  • Rock County: 1,184 cases; 1,153 recoveries; 16 deaths; 22.8%.

A walk-through COVID-19 saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Appointments are encouraged at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome. Hours for free testing are noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
People are asked to stay home if sick or someone in their home is awaiting results of a COVID test. Hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, physical distancing, staying out of crowded/confined spaces with others, and wearing face masks in public places is still advised.

Congregate care facilities with current COVID-19 exposures include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 373,360 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,674 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,320 positive cases (18 new cases); 1,958 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,484 positive cases (no new cases); 1,408 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 717 positive cases (two new cases); 654 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 29,735,091 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Thus far, 541,199 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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