Kandiyohi confirmed COVID-19 cases at 145

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kandiyohi County increased 10 cases, to 145 in the Minnesota Department of Health numbers reported Friday afternoon. Other counties in the area


WILLMAR – The total number confirmed positive of COVID-19 cases in Kandiyohi County has risen to 145 cases.

The numbers provided by the Minnesota Department of Health were posted in its daily situation update at 4 p.m. Friday.

The total grew 10 cases from the day before, when it had increased 44 cases in one day.

One death has been reported in Kandiyohi County— a former resident of the Bethesda Grand skilled nursing facility in Willmar.

Kandiyohi County’s case numbers rose after an outbreak of COVID-19 at Jennie-O Turkey Store, where positive cases were confirmed last week. Jennie-O has temporarily idled its two processing plants in Willmar for disinfection. The plant in Melrose is also temporarily closed.


The number of cases in Meeker County remained at 14. Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties have cases in the single digits. Stearns County reported 531 positive cases, an increase of 96 from the day before.

As testing in the state increases, the number of positive tests has also increased. Completed tests total 79,007, according to the Department of Health website. That’s an increase of 4,178 from the day before.

Statewide, positive cases total 6,228, an increase of 498 cases from the day before. Of the total, 981 are health care workers.

COVID-19 had claimed a total of 395 lives in the state, 317 of them in congregate living settings. The total number of deaths increased by 24.

The age range of those who have died is 30 to 109 years old, with a median age of 83.

The age of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has ranged from younger than 1 month to 102 years. The median age is 62.

Non-hospitalized cases range from younger than 1 month to 109 years, with a median age of 47.

A total of 389 patients were hospitalized as of Friday afternoon, and 135 were in intensive care. The number of hospitalized increased 24 from the day before, and intensive care patients increased 5.


In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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