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County COVID-19 numbers see little change in second case report of week

Sixty-six Nobles County individuals currently have COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period, according to the latest data released Friday by the Nobles County COVID-19 Joint Information Team.

“I am happy to say the COVID count has remained consistent and below 100 in the 10-day isolation period for several weeks now,” Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall said in a press release. "We were having a trend that numbers seemed lower in the early part of the week and spiked toward the end of the week. This week, we went from 60 on the Tuesday report to 66 on the Thursday report. It is encouraging to see the numbers have not risen much over the couple days.”

Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 4,869 total confirmations, up 16 from the previous report on Tuesday. There are 4,751 cases that are past the 10-day isolation, and there have been 52 COVID-related deaths in the county.

The 66 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, 11 (up four); 11-15, one (down one); 16-19, one (down one); 20-25, three (up one); 26-50, 24 (same); 51-64, 13 (up one); and ages 65 and older, 13 (up two).

Gov. Tim Walz announced Minnesota’s plan to vaccinate 5-11 year olds on Wednesday. Minnesota is currently offering a $200 incentive for ages 5-11 and 12-17 that receive their vaccinations. MDH will draw five $100,000 scholarships from the 12-17-year-old bracket who are fully vaccinated from Oct. 18th through Dec. 16.

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 if interested in receiving a vaccine and/or with questions regarding receiving a vaccine.

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