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Rock County reports two more COVID-related deaths

Rock County has now lost 31 residents to the virus.

REGIONAL — Rock County has lost two more residents to complications from COVID-19, according to this morning’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. One of the deaths was in an individual aged 85 to 89, and the other was aged 90 to 94. They were among 75 deaths statewide during the one-day reporting period.

MDH also reported 3,140 more residents tested positive or probable for the virus, including 10 residents of Cottonwood County, eight in Jackson County, seven in Nobles County, six in Pipestone County and two in Murray County. Rock County reported no new cases during the 24-hour period.

Among the 75 newly reported deaths were 58 individuals from private residences, and 17 from long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Minnesota has now lost 9,774 residents due to complications from COVID-19, with 948,490 individuals testing positive for the virus once or more since testing began.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:


Nobles County: 5,324 cases; 5,153 no longer isolating as of Dec. 2; 54 deaths; 64.3% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Cottonwood County: 2,373 cases; 2,200 recovered; 33 deaths; 60% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,650 cases; 1,549 recovered; 16 deaths; 55.7% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,547 cases; 1,496 recovered; 11 deaths; 59.7% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,543 cases; 1,449 recovered; 29 deaths; 55% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,795 cases; 1,712 recovered; 31 deaths; 54.3% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities reporting an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider as of Dec. 2 include Parkview Manor, Ellsworth, and Edgebrook Care Center, Edgerton.

Nobles County Public Health 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 Pharmacy and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 with questions.


The Iowa Department of Health reports 11,207 new cases of COVID-19 and 105 deaths within the last seven days. Thus far in the state, 7,550 deaths are blamed on the virus. IDH also reported 777 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 185 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 84.3% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 74.8% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older last updated on Friday were:

  • Dickinson County: 46 cases; 62.3% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 37 cases; 46.6% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 18 cases; 50% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday that 791,705 Americans have died from the virus, including 33,109 people in the last 28 days.
The Minnesota Department of Health continues to ask people to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results, and to practice universal precautions including washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds), social distancing, and avoiding crowded or confined spaces.

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