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Nobles County COVID case count up to 143

There are 143 Nobles County persons 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 22 more than the case count released Wednesday.

With the rise of infection rates in the early part of the week, it is unsurprising Nobles current isolation number is higher at the end of the week as well,” Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall said in a Friday press release. “Additionally, we received communication from MDH today that approximately 135,000 tests did not load into the system between 12/28/21 and 01/03/22. These results are being reviewed now and positive tests will be added according to the specimen date tab as quickly as possible, but it sounds like this could take several days, which could also impact our numbers.”

Nobles County infection counts as reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health were 5,590 total confirmations – 38 more than reported Tuesday – along with 5,391 cases that are past the 10-day isolation. There have been 56 COVID-related deaths in the county.

The 143 known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are indicated along with the change from the previous report: birth-age 10, 21 (up two); 11-15, nine (up two); 16-19, seven (up three); 20-25, 21 (up five); 26-50, 71 (up 10); 51-64, 10 (down one); and ages 65 and older, four (up 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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