Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Jackson County
Saliva testing site is open at the Worthington Event Center.
REGIONAL — Minnesota recorded 1,973 additional cases of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to today’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The new cases included seven in Jackson County, five in Cottonwood County, four in Rock County, three each in Murray and Pipestone counties and one in Nobles County.
The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 562,420 (positive and antigen tests), with 538,450 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 40,758 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.
Ten deaths were recorded during the 24-hour period, including five individuals in private residences and five residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 7,054, including 4,343 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 April 22, 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:
Nobles County: 4,019 cases; 3,921 recoveries; 48 deaths; 54%.
Cottonwood County: 1,587 cases; 1,508 recoveries; 21 deaths; 52%.
Jackson County: 1,189 cases; 1,139 recoveries; 10 deaths; 44%.
Murray County: 1,034 cases; 1,009 recoveries; nine deaths; 48%.
Pipestone County: 1,108 cases; 1,049 recoveries; 26 deaths; 49%.
Rock County: 1,239 cases; 1,193 recoveries; 19 deaths; 46%.
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 29-30, May 1-2 and May 6-9.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures as of April 22 include Colonial Manor in Lakefield; Good Samaritan Society facilities in Windom, Pipestone and Luverne; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Ecumen Meadows in Worthington; Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
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 391,125 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,904 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.
In northwest Iowa:
Dickinson County: 2,624 positive cases (four new cases); 2,179 recovered; 43 deaths.
Lyon County: 1,559 positive cases (five new cases); 1,454 recovered; 41 deaths.
Osceola County: 802 positive cases (five new cases); 689 recovered; 16 deaths.
Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 31,871,390 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 569,518 Americans have died from the virus.
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