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Area counties all report increase in COVID-19 cases in Friday state report, nearly 1,100 new cases reported statewide

Every county tracked by the Tribune has reported new COVID-19 cases in Friday's state report, and one new death was reported in the area. The state reported eight deaths statewide and 1,099 new confirmed cases Friday.

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

WILLMAR — All 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune saw an increase in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Friday's state report. Most of the increases were in the single digits.

Yellow Medicine County reported a new death, in a person in the 95-99 age group.

Pope County reported one new case, and Big Stone, Redwood and Yellow Medicine each reported two new cases. Three new cases were reported in Chippewa, Kandiyohi and Renville counties. Swift County reported four new cases, and Lac qui Parle County reported five. In Meeker County, 11 new cases were reported. Stearns County recorded 38 new cases.

Statewide there are 1,099 new cases for a total of 87,807 with 9,426 of them being health care workers.

There were eight additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,950.


Most of the deaths, 1,414, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,553 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

Statewide, there are 250 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 136 of them being treated in ICUs.

In its weekly Friday update, the Department of Health listed the following area congregate care facilities that reported an exposure of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visitor: Essentia Health Grace Home, Fairway View and Fairway View Neighborhood in Big Stone County; Home Front First in Chippewa County; Bethesda Grand and Carris Health Care Center & Therapy Suites in Kandiyohi County; Glacial Trails Memory Care in Pope County; Valley View Manor in Redwood County; RenVilla Health Center in Renville County; Assumption Home, Belgrade Nursing Home, CentraCare Health Paynesville, Edgewood Sartell, John Paul Apartments, Mother of Mercy Senior Living, Sterling Park Gardens, Sterling Park Health Care Center and The Sanctuary at St. Cloud in Stearns County; Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and Scandi Haven Village in Swift County; and Sanford Health Sylvan Court and Sanford Health Sylvan Place in Yellow Medicine County.

Facilities that have not reported a new exposure for a minimum of 28 days will be removed.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 80,221 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,791,680 completed tests of approximately 1,278,837 people 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:


  • Big Stone County: 66, up 2
  • Chippewa County: 185, up 3
  • Kandiyohi County: 911, up 3
  • Lac qui Parle County: 41, up 5
  • Meeker County: 166, up 11
  • Pope County: 82, up 1
  • Redwood County: 93, up 2
  • Renville County: 120, up 3
  • Stearns County: 3,670, up 41
  • Swift County: 104, up 5
  • Yellow Medicine County: 144, up 2

(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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