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Three more area individuals die as a result of COVID-19

Jackson County adds 10 new cases; Nobles County adds seven


REGIONAL — Three more deaths of area residents caused by the novel coronavirus were reported in Sunday morning's daily update released by the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

A Cottonwood County individual between the ages of 85-89 died of COVID-19 during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the information released Sunday morning. A Nobles County individual between the ages of 70-74 also died as a result of the coronavirus during the 24-hour period, as did a Jackson County person between the ages of 70-74. No other information is available.

Across Minnesota, 70 more COVID-related deaths were noted in Sunday’s report. The deaths included 24 individuals who resided in private residences, 45 individuals in long-term care facilities and one in a group home/residential behavioral health facility. There have now been 4,850 Minnesotans lost to COVID-19, including 3,149 residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

An additional 10 Jackson County residents tested positive for COVID-19 during the most recent 24-hour reporting period. Nobles County, meanwhile, added seven new cases, while Rock and Cottonwood counties each added six and Pipestone County added two.

Statewide, another 2,705 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the 24-hour period. The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases stands at 397,319 (positive tests and antigen tests), with 369,912 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 30,367 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the novel coronavirus.


A local snapshot of the virus shows the following cumulative totals since testing began. The number of recoveries and positivity rate are based on information released Thursday by MDH.

  • Nobles County: 3,406 positive cases; 57 probable cases; 3,249 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 20.3% positivity rate among individuals tested; 43 deaths. The Nobles County Joint Information team notes that as of Thursday, 141 residents were within their 10-day isolation period. They included 20 individuals birth to age 10; six individuals age 11 to 15; nine individuals age 16 to 19; 12 individuals age 20 to 25; 50 individuals age 26 to 50; 24 individuals age 51 to 64 and 20 individuals age 65 and older.

  • Cottonwood County: 1,112 positive cases; 77 probable cases; 1,044 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.9% positivity rate; 11 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 706 positive cases; 34 probable cases; 617 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 10.8% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Murray County: 697 positive cases; 24 probable cases; 662 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 9.7% positivity rate; five deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 831 positive cases; 25 probable cases; 787 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.7% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Rock County: 941 positive cases; 57 probable cases; 904 beyond the 10-day isolation period; 8.9% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

A saliva testing site for COVID-19 is now open at the Worthington Event Center, 1447 Prairie Drive. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments are encouraged online at mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php, although walk-ins are welcome.
Congregate care facilities with COVID-19 exposures as of Friday included Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Parkview Manor, Ellsworth; Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Lakefield; Edgebrook Care Center and Edgebrook Estates Assisted Living, Edgerton; Good Samaritan Society homes in Jackson, Luverne, Mountain Lake, Pipestone, and Windom; Maple Lawn Senior Care and Maplewood Court Assisted Living, Fulda; Good Samaritan Society/Mikkelsen Manor, Windom; the Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne; and Ridgeview Estates, Pipestone.

The Iowa Department of Health reports 267,147 cases of COVID-19 in its state since testing began, with 213,644 individuals considered recovered. Thus far, 3,589 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,638 positive cases (one new cases); 1,270 recovered; 13 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,188 positive cases (three new cases); 953 recovered; 21 deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include the Rock Rapids Health Centre with 19 cases and zero recoveries thus far.

  • Osceola County: 600 positive cases (one new case); 500 recovered; six deaths. Long-term care facilities with current infections include Country View Manor, Sibley, with 33 cases and 14 recoveries thus far.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University reports a cumulative total of 17,679,645 positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Recovery data is not available. There have been 316,435 COVID-related deaths in the United States.

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Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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