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Six more Nobles County residents test positive for COVID-19

Saliva testing site remains open at Worthington Event Center

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REGIONAL — The number of new COVID-19 cases in the area remains low, with Nobles County recording six new positive or probable tests, followed by Cottonwood and Jackson counties with two new cases each, and Murray and Rock counties each reporting one new case during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Pipestone County had no new cases.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 459,747 (positive and antigen tests), with 443,253 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 36,151 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 28 new deaths during the 24-hour period, including 16 individuals who resided in private residences, 11 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, and one individual who resided in a group home or residential behavioral health facility. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 6,168, including 3,911 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 Thursday by MDH shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,762 cases; 3,667 recoveries; 17.9% positivity rate; 47 deaths. The 43 individuals within their 10-day quarantine as of Thursday included five people birth to age 10; five people aged 11 to 15; one person aged 16 to 19; five people aged 20 to 25; 13 people aged 26 to 50; 10 people aged 51 to 64; and four people aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,300 cases; 1,253 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 883 cases; 852 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 920 cases; 883 recoveries; 8.9% positivity rate; seven deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 979 cases; 924 recoveries; 7.6% positivity rate; 23 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,127 cases; 1,096 recoveries; 8% 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 Friday 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 317,381 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 281,200 recoveries. Thus far, 4,577 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,905 positive cases (no new cases); 1,699 recovered; 29 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,392 positive cases (five new cases); 1,242 recovered; 34 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 652 positive cases (one new case); 608 recovered; 11 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 25,789,000 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 433,622 Americans have died from the virus.
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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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