Rock County reports COVID-19-related death

This marks the eighth death for Rock County in the last 28 days.

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LUVERNE — A Rock County resident died due to COVID-19 complications, one of 30 deaths reported by the Minnesota Department of Health this morning. The resident was between 90 and 94 years old, and is the 27th coronavirus-related death in the county.

Statewide, new COVID-related deaths included 17 individuals who lived in private homes, and 13 who were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Three of the deaths occurred in October, with 27 in November.

MDH also reported another 5,162 Minnesotans tested positive or probable for the virus during the 24-hour reporting period. Among them were seven residents of Nobles County, eight from Cottonwood County, two from Pipestone County, five from Murray County, five from Jackson County, and four from Rock County.

Since the virus was first detected, 9,155 Minnesotans have reportedly died from its complications — including 4,873 individuals residing in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Meanwhile, there have been 871,203 confirmed positive and probable cases statewide, including reinfections.

Following is current, cumulative data for area counties:


Nobles County: 5,173 cases; 5,014 no longer isolating as of Nov. 18; 54 deaths; 62.8% of residents ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Cottonwood County: 2,181 cases; 2,077 recovered; 32 deaths; 58.2% vaccinated.

Jackson County: 1,570 cases; 1,528 recovered; 16 deaths; 54.8% vaccinated.

Murray County: 1,485 cases; 1,435 recovered; 11 deaths; 58.5% vaccinated.

Pipestone County: 1,463 cases; 1,392 recovered; 29 deaths; 53.7% vaccinated.

Rock County: 1,720 cases; 1,654 recovered; 27 deaths; 53.2% vaccinated.

Long-term care facilities with current outbreaks as reported Nov. 18 include South Shore Care Center and Golden Horizons in Worthington; Good Samaritan Society homes in Mountain Lake, Westbrook and Luverne; The Lodge at Mountain Lake, Edgebrook Estates in Edgerton, and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

The Nobles County 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 Pharmacy and Walgreens. Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 with questions.


The Iowa Department of Health reported Friday 8,698 new cases of COVID-19 within the last seven days. Thus far, 7,268 deaths are blamed on the virus in the state. IDH also reported 569 residents hospitalized with complications from COVID-19, with another 121 patients in Intensive Care Units in the state. Of those patients in ICU, 80.2% were not fully vaccinated against the virus, while 73.3% of hospitalized individuals were not fully vaccinated.

In northwest Iowa, the number of positive cases, along with the percentage of fully vaccinated residents aged 12 and older last updated on Wednesday were:

  • Dickinson County: 32 cases; 61.6% fully vaccinated.

  • Lyon County: 25 cases; 46% fully vaccinated.

  • Osceola County: 20 cases; 49.3% fully vaccinated.

Johns Hopkins University reported at 10:22 a.m. Friday that 768,789 Americans have died from the virus, including 33,482 people in the last 28 days.
The Minnesota Department of Health continues to ask people to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are awaiting test results, and to practice universal precautions including washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds), social distancing, and avoiding crowded or confined spaces.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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