COVID-19 cases in region: 10

Southwest Health and Human Services said Monday it was notified by the Minnesota Department of Health that a person from Murray County and one from Redwood County have both tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the area to 10.

Also, the total number of Lyon County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 went to four Monday.

The MDH said Sunday that a person from Pipestone County tested positive for COVID-19.

There are also confirmed cases in Lincoln (two) and Yellow Medicine counties.

“We know it’s already been circulating, and that it is picking up now,” Lauren Mellenthin, emergency preparedness coordinator with Southwest Health and Human Services, said last Wednesday. “We just never know when we will get confirmations.”

SWHHS covers Lyon, Lincoln, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties.

As of Tuesday, there have been 1,069 positive coronavirus tests in Minnesota, and 34 people have died. There have been 260 completed tests in Minnesota. The number of patients who no longer need to be isolated is 549; 120 people continue to be hospitalized (64 in an ICU unit). The median age of those who have died is 86. The average age of all those who have tested positive is 48 and range from 4 months to 104 years of age, the MDH said.