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Ten new COVID-19 infections recorded in Pipestone County

Saliva testing site open at the Worthington Event Center.

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REGIONAL — Several area counties reported an uptick in positive COVID-19 infections during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Pipestone County recorded 10 new infections on the day, with Jackson and Rock counties each reporting five new cases, Cottonwood County, four, and Nobles County, two. Murray County had no new cases, according to information released Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Statewide, another 1,449 new probable and positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the single day. The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 502,893 (positive and antigen tests), with 485,912 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 38,656 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.

There were nine newly reported deaths during the one-day period, including six individuals who resided in a private residence and three individuals who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota’s death toll from the virus now stands at 6,771, including 4,247 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 March 18, and the percentage of residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday shows:

  • Nobles County: 3,894 cases; 3,832 recoveries; 47 deaths; 22%. As of Thursday, there were 11 individuals within their 10-day isolation period, including one individual between birth and age 10; two individuals ages 20-25; five individuals ages 26-50; two individuals ages 51-64; and one individual aged 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,417 cases; 1,343 recoveries; 20 deaths; 28.7%.

  • Jackson County: 964 cases; 937 recoveries; 10 deaths; 22.6%.

  • Murray County: 963 cases; 950 recoveries; eight deaths; 26.2%.

  • Pipestone County: 1,030 cases; 994 recoveries; 24 deaths; 25.5%.

  • Rock County: 1,183 cases; 1,153 recoveries; 16 deaths; 22.4%.

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 current COVID-19 exposures include Maple Lawn Senior Care, Fulda.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 372,886 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,672 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 2,302 positive cases (eight new cases); 1,957 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,488 positive cases (five new cases); 1,408 recovered; 41 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 715 positive cases (three new cases); 654 recovered; 15 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 29,674,098 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thus far, 539,835 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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