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475 new cases of COVID-19, no related deaths recorded in west central Minnesota in most recent state report

More than 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths were reported in the state in the past week. The number is probably much higher, because positive home tests are not reported to the state.

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WILLMAR — No deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in west central Minnesota last week, but the number of new confirmed cases increased to a total of 475, according to the weekly update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health .

Nearly 50 more new cases were reported than last week, but the number could be much higher. Case numbers include confirmed positive test results reported to the state. Results of home tests are not included.

In June 2022, the department began providing a weekly situation update , replacing the daily updates that began in spring 2020. The updates are released each Thursday at 11 a.m. and include data received as of 4 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. When the report refers to numbers from last week, it refers to information gathered from Sunday through Saturday the week before the information is released.

In all cases, the numbers in the updates are preliminary and may change as more information is received.

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New cases reported the week of July 10 to July 16 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune:
Big Stone, 3
Chippewa, 23
Kandiyohi, 53
Lac qui Parle, 7
Meeker, 34
Pope, 21
Redwood, 26
Renville, 24
Stearns, 261
Swift, 14
Yellow Medicine, 9


The state's cumulative number of cases is now listed at 1,580,508, including reinfections. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test are considered to have a reinfection.

According to the state update, 100% of the cases identified in Minnesota have been caused by subvariants of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 12,907, an increase of 35 deaths since last week's report.

The state reports vaccine administration numbers daily. As of July 20, 3,953,405 Minnesotans have received at least one dose and 3,734,507 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of people listed as being up-to-date with their vaccines, meaning they have had booster shots, is 1,716,052.

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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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