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13 deaths and about 300 new COVID-19 cases reported in west central Minnesota, part of state total of 82 deaths, 4,000+ new cases

Statewide, 82 deaths were reported due to COVID-19 in Wednesday's state update. The state has reported more than 4,500 confirmed and probable cases. In the region, 13 deaths and more than 300 confirmed and probable cases were reported.

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WILLMAR — There were 13 deaths and more than 275 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the area according to Wednesday's state report.

Kandiyohi County had 45 confirmed new cases, topping all but Stearns County among the 11 area counties tracked by the West Central Tribune.

Statewide 82 deaths were reported. The state has a current total of 4,011 deaths from confirmed cases and 98 from probable cases. Most of the deaths, 2,711, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 3,392 of the people who died were 70 or older

Stearns County reported five deaths and Meeker County reported four in Wednesday's report. Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Pope and Swift counties each reported one death.

Stearns County reported two deaths in the 70-74 age category, and Meeker and Swift counties each reported one; Chippewa, Meeker and Pope each reported a death in the 75-79 category; Stearns County reported a death in the 80-84 age range; Meeker and Stearns each reported a death in the 85-89 range, and Kandiyohi, Meeker and Stearns counties each reported a death in a person aged 90-94.


The current number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 among residents of area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 2
  • Chippewa County: 15
  • Kandiyohi County: 36
  • Lac qui Parle County: 4
  • Meeker County: 17
  • Pope County: 3
  • Redwood County: 21
  • Renville County: 32
  • Stearns County: 138
  • Swift County: 12
  • Yellow Medicine County: 13

Statewide there were 4,189 newly reported confirmed cases and 350 newly reported probable cases in Wednesday's report. The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.
In area counties, Stearns County reported 150 confirmed and 13 probable cases. Other area counties reported new cases in the single digits and teens. Cases reported in those counties: Big Stone, four confirmed and one probable; Chippewa, 12 confirmed; Lac qui Parle, eight confirmed; Meeker, 17 confirmed and one probable; Pope, five confirmed and one probable; Redwood, 12 confirmed and one probable; Renville, 14 confirmed and one probable; Swift, six confirmed and three probable; and Yellow Medicine, four confirmed and four probable.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 363,719, which includes 354,590 confirmed and 9,129 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 26,594 of them are health care workers.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 320,233 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,690,213 completed tests, including 4,553,805 PCR tests and 136,408 antigen tests. And approximately 2,695,015 people have been tested since Jan. 20.

The information was included in the latest Minnesota Department of Health daily situation update , released at 11 a.m. daily. The data released are current as of 4 p.m. the day before.


The number of COVID-19 cases, since the start of the pandemic, among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 358, 8 probable
  • Chippewa County: 1,049, 14 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 4,771, 38 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 456, 9 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,635, 21 probable
  • Pope County: 613, 2 probable
  • Redwood County: 1,134, 19 probable
  • Renville County: 1,076, 44 probable
  • Stearns County: 15,065, 404 probable
  • Swift County: 687, 18 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 727, 36 probable

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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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: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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