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COVID-19 numbers on the decline in county

The number of Nobles County individuals with reported COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period has dropped from 170 to 86 over the last five days, according to the data released Wednesday. Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall stresses that the new number likely doesn’t include at-home testing results.

Said Hall in Wednesday’s press release: “I heard a doctor say about six months ago, ‘It is not a matter of if you get COVID, it is a question of when and how bad.’ Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part to hope the lower number not only in Nobles, but nationwide, is a sign that COVID has circulated through and is on the way out.”

Nobles County infection counts as reported Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 6,768 total confirmations – 84 more than the previous report – along with 6,625 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There have been 57 COVID-related death reported in the county.

The 86 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 (down nine); 11-15, three (down six); 16-19, five (down five); 20-25, five (down 12); 26-50, 33 (down 41); 51-64, 18 (down 11); and ages 65 and older, 11 (same).

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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