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Another day of low COVID-19 numbers in west central Minnesota, statewide

A total of 33 newly reported cases of COVID-19 were listed in Tuesday's state report for the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune, most of them in Stearns County. Six of the 11 counties had zero cases.

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

WILLMAR — For a second day, fewer than 600 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide, with 519 cases overall in Tuesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

However, another 14 deaths attributed to the coronavirus were reported, bringing the statewide total to 7,310. More than half of the deaths, 4,390, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities since the start of the pandemic, but all 14 deaths reported Tuesday were in a private residence.

In Tuesday's report, there were a total of 33 newly reported cases of COVID-19 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune, 27 of them in Stearns County .

There were two new cases each in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties; and one each in Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties.

There were no new cases reported Tuesday in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Renville and Swift counties.



The state's cumulative number of cases is now 595,532.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,293 of them have been among health care workers.

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: 600 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,525 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,579 cases; 83 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 754 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,584 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,110 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,749 cases; 37 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,805 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,337 cases; 222 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,059 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,144 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Tuesday’s report, 2,739,423 people have received at least one dose and 2,349,214 have completed the vaccine series statewide — 62 percent of individuals age 16 and over statewide have received at least one dose.

According to the figures available Tuesday, the percentage of individuals age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 66%

  • Chippewa: 53%

  • Kandiyohi: 50%

  • Lac qui Parle: 56%

  • Meeker: 46%

  • Pope: 55%

  • Redwood: 50%

  • Renville: 53%

  • Stearns: 54%

  • Swift: 57%

  • Yellow Medicine: 57%

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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