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Two more SW Minnesota residents die as a result of COVID-19

New cases of novel coronavirus remain low


REGIONAL — Two more southwest Minnesota individuals have died as a result of COVID-19, according to information released Sunday morning in the Minnesota Department of Health's daily update.

A Pipestone County individual between the ages of 70 and 74 died as a result of the novel coronavirus, as did a Murray County individual between the ages of 75 and 79. No other information is available.

The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 13 new deaths during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, including six individuals who resided in private residences and seven who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. The death toll from the virus in Minnesota now stands at 6,200, including 3,929 residents of long-term care facilities.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the area was low once more Saturday. Murray County added three new cases while Nobles, Rock and Pipestone counties each recorded two new positive tests, according to the latest update., Cottonwood and Jackson counties had no new cases.

The state’s cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 461,807 (positive and antigen tests), with 446,137 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 36,456 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.


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: 3,766 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: 1,303 cases; 1,253 recoveries; 9.8% positivity rate; 18 deaths.

  • Jackson County: 887 cases; 852 recoveries; 10% positivity rate; 10 deaths.

  • Murray County: 928 cases; 883 recoveries; 8.9% positivity rate; eight deaths.

  • Pipestone County: 982 cases; 924 recoveries; 7.6% positivity rate; 24 deaths.

  • Rock County: 1,130 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.

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 319,203 cases of COVID-19 since testing began, with 282,477 recoveries. Thus far, 4,901 deaths are blamed on COVID-19 in the state.

In northwest Iowa:

  • Dickinson County: 1,909 positive cases (no new cases); 1,707 recovered; 32 deaths.

  • Lyon County: 1,396 positive cases (three new cases); 1,245 recovered; 35 deaths.

  • Osceola County: 653 positive cases (no new cases); 607 recovered; 12 deaths.

Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 26,077,663 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Thus far, 440,043 Americans have died from the virus.
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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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