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Nobles County active COVID case count increases to 91

There are 91 Nobles County persons who currently have COVID-19 infections within the 10-day isolation period, according to the data released Thursday by the Nobles County COVID-19 Joint Information Team.

That number is significantly more than the active case count of 48 in the Dec. 28 report. However, Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall explained in a press release that the sharp increase in cases is the result of a reporting error from an external lab to the Minnesota Department of Health. About 42,000 tests from Dec. 22-27 were delayed in getting reported; all tests have now since been processed.

Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 5,495 total confirmations – 48 more than reported Tuesday – along with 5,348 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There have been 56 COVID-related deaths in the county.

The 91 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, 17 (up six); 11-15, two (up two); 16-19, eight0 (up three); 20-25, 12 (up three); 26-50, 39 (up 29); 51-64, nine (up one); and ages 65 and older, four (down 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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