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47 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday in the region

Statewide there were four deaths and 897 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday.

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WILLMAR — There were 47 new cases of COVID-19, but no deaths reported Sunday in west central Minnesota

Statewide there were four deaths and 897 new cases reported.


Stearns County had 25 new cases overall, Kandiyohi County had 10, Meeker County reported four new cases, Renville County had three, Pope County had two and Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one new case.

Three of the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune — Big Stone, Redwood and Swift counties — reported no new cases.


The state's cumulative number of cases is now 490,011.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,007 of them are health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,550. Most of the deaths, 4,079, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,417 of the people who died were 70 or older.

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

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

  • Big Stone County: 517 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,370 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,822 cases; 74 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 688 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,085 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 818 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,471 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,529 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,847 cases; 202 deaths

  • Swift County: 878 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 978 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public but is being provided to targeted groups.

As of Sunday’s report, 1,046,077 people have received one dose and 570,038 have completed the vaccine series statewide. More people have now completed the vaccine series than the state's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The percent of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 17.8 percent of residents in Meeker County to 33.2 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 20.1% of residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.


According to the figures available Sunday, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 1,659

  • Chippewa: 2,802

  • Kandiyohi: 8,595

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,129

  • Meeker: 4,116

  • Pope: 2,883

  • Redwood: 3,290

  • Renville: 3,338

  • Stearns: 29,597

  • Swift: 2,300

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,795

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.
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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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