May 9—REGIONAL — An additional five Cottonwood County residents received positive COVID-19 results during the 24-hour period that ended at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to this morning's update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
There were three new cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County, two new cases in Nobles County, and one new case each in Pipestone and Rock counties. There were a total of 810 new cases statewide during the single-day reporting period.
The cumulative total of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota now stands at 587,762 (positive and antigen tests), with 568,295 beyond the 10-day isolation period. Thus far, 41,896 Minnesota health care workers have contracted the virus.
Seven additional deaths were also recorded across Minnesota for the one-day period, including five individuals in private residences, one individual in a long-term care/assisted living facility facility and one individual in a residential behavioral health facility. Minnesota's death toll from the virus now stands at 7,231, including 4,378 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 May 6, and the percentage of residents aged 16 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday shows:
Cottonwood County: 1,642 cases; 1,574 recoveries; 21 deaths; 55%.
Jackson County: 1,218 cases; 1,189 recoveries; 11 deaths; 45%.
Murray County: 1,060 cases; 1,030 recoveries; nine deaths; 50%.
Nobles County: 4,071 cases; 3,982 recoveries; 48 deaths; 56%.
Pipestone County: 1,147 cases; 1,088 recoveries; 26 deaths; 52%.
Rock County: 1,278 cases; 1,230 recoveries; 19 deaths; 48%.
A free saliva testing site for COVID-19 is open at the Worthington Event Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The testing site is closed today.
Area long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 exposures on May 6 include Crossroads Care Center, Worthington; Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Windom; Lakeview Assisted Living, Heron Lake; Valley View Assisted Living, Lakefield, the Good Samaritan Society in Pipestone; Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, Parkview Manor in Ellsworth and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
All Minnesota residents aged 16 and older are now eligible for coronavirus vaccines. The 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 Drug and Walgreens.
The Iowa Department of Health reports 397,584 cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Thus far, 5,985 deaths are blamed on the novel coronavirus in the state.
In northwest Iowa:
Dickinson County: 2,667 positive cases (two new cases); 2,348 recovered; 43 deaths.
Lyon County: 1,581 positive cases (no new cases); 1,497 recovered; 41 deaths.
Osceola County: 809 positive cases (no new cases); 724 recovered; 16 deaths.
Johns Hopkins University reports a nationwide cumulative total of 32,690,342 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 9:30 a.m. today. Thus far, 581,543 Americans have died from the virus.
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