Virus cases up to 15 at Morningside Heights

MARSHALL — Four more residents at the Avera Marshall Morningside Heights Care Center have tested positive for COVID-19, an Avera Marshall spokesperson said Friday.

However, no new cases have been reported since Wednesday, said Avera Marshall communications coordinator Stacy Neubeck.

At the same time, five residents who had tested positive have now been able to return to their normal rooms, and are doing well, she said.

The four new cases bring the total to 15 Morningside Heights residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Avera Marshall spokespeople said earlier this month that Morningside Heights opened a separate unit to isolate residents who were positive for COVID-19, and the care center has been taking steps to protect residents. Precautions have included screening residents and staff, using personal protective equipment and ending group activities.

New positive cases of COVID-19 have continued to be reported in Lyon County over the past week. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 45 new cases in Lyon County residents on Sunday alone, as well as one death. A person in their 80s died. It is the eighth total death reported in Lyon County, the MDH said.

Statewide, 7,559 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths were reported Sunday. A total of 2,905 Minnesotans have died since the start of the pandemic.


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