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21 COVID deaths reported over weekend in west central Minnesota

West central Minnesota counties continued to see an increase in the number of COVID deaths and cases over the weekend. Nine area counties reported at least one death and all 11 counties in the region reported additional cases of COVID-19.

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WILLMAR — There were 21 COVID-related deaths and 905 confirmed cases of COVID reported over weekend in west central Minnesota.

All 11 of the counties tracked by the West Central Tribune reported additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and Sunday and nine counties reported at least one death.

Stearns County had six deaths over the weekend, Chippewa County had five, Kandiyohi County had three, Renville County had two and Meeker, Pope, Redwood, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one death.

Statewide there were 139 additional deaths over the weekend — 75 on Saturday and 64 on Sunday.

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The total number deaths in Minnesota attributed to COVID-19 is now at 3,984, including 3,892 deaths from confirmed cases and 92 from probable cases. The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

Most of the deaths – a current total of 2,637 – have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 3,285 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The weekend deaths in west central Minnesota included individuals in a variety of ages running from from 55 to 99.

Statewide there were 11,925 additional cases of COVID over the weekend , including:

  • 356 confirmed cases and 19 probable cases in Stearns County
  • 188 confirmed cases and two probable cases in Kandiyohi County
  • 85 confirmed cases and three probable cases in Meeker County
  • 84 confirmed cases and one probable case in Renville County
  • 64 confirmed cases and one probable case in Redwood County
  • 36 confirmed cases and two probable cases in Chippewa County
  • 26 confirmed cases and four probable cases in Swift County
  • 25 confirmed cases in Yellow Medicine County
  • 18 confirmed cases in Pope County
  • 17 confirmed cases and one probable case in Lac qui Parle County
  • Seven confirmed cases in Big Stone County.

The cumulative number of cases in Minnesota is 350,862, which includes 342,403 confirmed cases and 8,459 probable cases.
The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 308,218 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,559,825 completed tests, including 4,431,677 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 128,148 antigen tests. And approximately 2,643,538 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 current number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

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  • Big Stone County: 348; 7 probable

  • Chippewa County: 1,024, 15 probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 4,656, 35 probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 434, nine probable

  • Meeker County: 1,562, 19 probable

  • Pope County: 598, one probable

  • Redwood County: 1,102, 17 probable

  • Renville County: 1,027, 44 probable

  • Stearns County: 14,681, 383 probable

  • Swift County: 671, 16 probable

  • Yellow Medicine County: 710, 28 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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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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