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County's COVID numbers increase slightly; new death reported

There are 170 Nobles County individuals who currently have COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period, according to the data released Friday by the Nobles County COVID-19 Joint Information Team. That’s an increase of seven over the case count reported by the team on Wednesday.

Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall noted that the Minnesota Department of Health has released new videos with information for symptoms, gatherings, close contact, international travel and what to do after testing positive. (The videos can be viewed at Videos for COVID-19 Response - Minnesota Dept. of Health ( She added that mental health has been greatly impacted, especially from COVID, and that WellnessMN has released several help topics for mental health, as well as upcoming trainings.

Meanwhile, Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 6,684 total confirmations – 48 more than the previous report – along with 6,457 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There has been an additional COVID-related death reported in Nobles County, bringing the total to 57.

The 170 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, 20 (up one); 11-15, nine (up one); 16-19, 10 (up two); 20-25, 17 (down one); 26-50, 74 (up two); 51-64, 29 (same); and ages 65 and older, 11 (up two). Hall stressed all numbers include only recorded COVID cases and may not include at-home tests.

The Federal Government has issued a test for every home program. To request a free test kit by mail, visit

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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