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COVID case count up slightly in Nobles County

There are 71 Nobles County individuals 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 24 more than the case count released on Wednesday.

Said Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall in a press release: “As true with the ongoing trend, the COVID isolation numbers went up for the Thursday report. I am sure the slight rise is due to the gatherings over Thanksgiving this past week. Luckily, the rise was not terribly drastic and still did not put us over 100 current cases.”

Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 5,280 total confirmations – 29 more than reported Nov. 30 – along with 5,155 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There have been 54 COVID-related deaths in the county.

The 71 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 six); 11-15, one (same); 16-19, four (up one); 20-25, four (up one); 26-50, 25 (up 11); 51-64, 17 (up five); and ages 65 and older, nine (same).

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 (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J) 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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