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Rock, Pipestone counties add to COVID-19 death toll

Nobles County reports 17 new positive and probable test results during the 24-hour period.

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REGIONAL — Rock and Pipestone counties each recorded additional COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour reporting period that culminated at 4 p.m. Thursday.

In Rock County, an individual between the ages of 65 and 69 was the latest to die from complications of the virus, while the Pipestone County resident was between the ages of 85 and 89. No other information is provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The deaths were among 33 recorded statewide during the 24-hour span. Among the dead were 15 individuals who resided in private residences, and 18 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 5,850, including 3,734 residents of long-term care facilities.

During the one-day period, Minnesota reported 1,640 new cases of the virus, including 17 in Nobles County, nine each in Pipestone and Rock counties, five each in Cottonwood and Jackson counties, and four in Murray County.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 443,562 (positive and antigen tests), with 422,289 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 34,594 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

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Locally, current cumulative positive and probable COVID-19 test results, as well as MDH data from Thursday on recovery data (beyond 10-day isolation) and positivity rates among those tested, are:

  • Nobles County: 3,663 cases; 3,517 recoveries; 18.6% positivity rate; 46 deaths.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,256 cases; 1,214 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 850 cases; 800 recoveries; 10.3% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 862 cases; 784 recoveries; 9.2% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 934 cases; 866 recoveries; 7.8% positivity rate; 23 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,094 cases; 1,035 recoveries; 8.2% 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.

Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Friday included Colonial Manor, Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Pipestone and Windom; Lindenwood Assisted Living, Slayton; Maple Lawn and Maplewood Court, Fulda; Tuff Memorial Home, Hills; and the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 302,788 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 263,834 recoveries. Thus far, 4,257 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,833 positive cases (three new cases); 1,631 recovered; 26 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections: Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 43 cases, 36 recoveries.

  • Lyon County: 1,331 positive cases (one new case); 1,173 recovered; 32 deaths. Rock Rapids Health Center reports 10 cases and nine recoveries.

  • Osceola County: 634 positive cases (three new cases); 596 recovered; nine deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 22,337,896 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 389,191 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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