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Area reports 101 new cases, 8 deaths in state's Wednesday COVID-19 update; state reports about 2,000 new cases, 66 deaths

Area counties reported eight deaths in the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 update Wednesday. Many area counties reported single digit increases in their case numbers.

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WILLMAR — There were eight deaths reported in the area, and many counties reported new cases in the single digits in Wednesday's state report.

Chippewa County reported six deaths — two people in the 65-69 age group, one in the 80-84 category, two from 85-89 and one from 95-99. Stearns County reported the death of one person in the 95-99 age range. Swift County reported one person in the 85-89 group had died.

Stearns County reported the most new cases with 60 confirmed and 11 probable. Cases reported by other area counties — Chippewa, six confirmed; Kandiyohi, three confirmed; Lac qui Parle, four confirmed, two probable; Meeker, two confirmed; Pope, two confirmed; Redwood, two confirmed; Renville, four confirmed, one probable; and Yellow Medicine, three confirmed, one probable. Big Stone and Swift counties reported no new cases.

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.

Statewide there were 1,707 newly reported confirmed cases and 312 newly reported probable cases.


The state reports probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 413,107, which includes 399,163 confirmed and 13,944 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 31,968 of them are health care workers.

There were 66 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 5,100 deaths from confirmed cases and 162 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 3,394, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 4,360 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

The current number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 among residents of area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 3
  • Chippewa County: 29
  • Kandiyohi County: 64
  • Lac qui Parle County: 14
  • Meeker County: 31
  • Pope County: 4
  • Redwood County: 26
  • Renville County: 38
  • Stearns County: 171
  • Swift County: 15
  • Yellow Medicine County: 14

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


  • Big Stone County: 420 confirmed, 9 probable
  • Chippewa County: 1,235 confirmed, 33 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,321 confirmed, 48 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 553 confirmed, 46 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,840 confirmed, 27 probable
  • Pope County: 684 confirmed, 5 probable
  • Redwood County: 1,275 confirmed, 28 probable
  • Renville County: 1,240 confirmed, 51 probable
  • Stearns County: 16,373 confirmed, 508 probable
  • Swift County: 764 confirmed, 21 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 811 confirmed, 50 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.)

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public. Health care workers, which includes first responders who provide emergency medical services, and long-term care facility residents are the priority populations currently.

As of Wednesday’s report, 38,284 doses have been administered statewide. The data are updated at 11 a.m. weekdays, but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.

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

  • Big Stone: 83

  • Chippewa: 76

  • Kandiyohi: 36

  • Lac qui Parle: 128

  • Meeker: 104

  • Pope: 161

  • Redwood: 23

  • Renville: 21

  • Stearns: 855

  • Swift: 65

  • Yellow Medicine: 111

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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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