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Rock County reports eight new cases of COVID-19

Nobles County has five more residents test positive for the virus. Saliva testing site is open today at the Worthington Event Center.

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REGIONAL — Rock County recorded eight more positive cases of COVID-19 among its residents during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, Nobles County recorded five new cases, Pipestone County, three, Cottonwood and Murray counties each reported two and Jackson County recorded one new case.

Statewide, there were 1,410 new cases of the virus reported during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 465,176 (positive and antigen tests), with 450,383 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 36,784 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

Another 17 deaths were recorded among Minnesota residents, including seven individuals who resided in a private residence, nine who were residents of a long-term care or assisted living facility, and one who was in a group home or residential behavioral health facility. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,251, including 3,955 residents of long-term care facilities.

A local snapshot of COVID-19, with current cumulative positive and probable test results, as well as recovery data (beyond the 10-day isolation period) and positivity rate among those tested, based on a weekly reported issued today by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,778 cases; 3,703 recoveries; 17.4% positivity rate; 47 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,309 cases; 1,274 recoveries; 9.5% positivity rate; 19 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 891 cases; 866 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 930 cases; 908 recoveries; 8.7% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 988 cases; 956 recoveries; 7.4% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,139 cases; 1,118 recoveries; 7.7% positivity rate; 12 deaths.

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.

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Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Jan. 29 included Ecumen Meadows, Worthington; Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society of Pipestone; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 322,527 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 289,983 recoveries. Thus far, 5,033 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,923 positive cases (three new cases); 1,754 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,402 positive cases (no new cases); 1,270 recovered; 37 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 655 positive cases (no new cases); 614 recovered; 12 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 26,574,522 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 451,454 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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