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Active COVID case count shrinks slightly; new death reported

There are 73 Nobles County persons who currently have COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period, according to new data released Friday by the Nobles County COVID-19 Joint Information Team. That number is seven fewer than the case count released on Dec. 8.

Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 5,342 total confirmations – 17 more than reported Dec. 7 – along with 5,215 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There have been 55 COVID-related deaths in the county as of Friday.

The 73 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, nine (down two); 11-15, three (up one); 16-19, four (down two); 20-25, four (up one); 26-50, 26 (down three ); 51-64, 18 (down three); and ages 65 and older, nine (up one).

A third vaccine shot is now recommended to be administered for those who are immunocompromised. Also now available is a booster shot, which does not have to be the same vaccine brand as the original doses.

Area private-vaccine providers in Nobles County, all in Worthington, are Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens.

Contact Nobles County Public Health at 295-5213 for more COVID-related information.

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