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Area saw nine deaths, 1,200 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; state reported 91 deaths and 13,500 new cases

The state recorded nearly 100 deaths due to COVID-19 over the weekend. Nine of those people were from west central Minnesota.

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WILLMAR — Nine people died and about 1,200 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 were reported in west central Minnesota over the weekend.

Statewide, 91 deaths and nearly 13,500 new confirmed and probable cases were reported.

In Sunday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health, the state reported a total of 3,181 deaths due to COVID-19 and 60 deaths in probable cases.

That brings the state's cumulative total to 270,157 cases, including 265,497 confirmed and 4,660 probable cases, with 20,298 cases reported among health care workers.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides a breakdown of how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.


Most of the deaths in the state, 2,214, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,652 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 219,720 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,779,834 completed tests, including 3,700,343 PCR tests and 79,491antigen tests. And approximately 2,314,094 people have been tested since Jan. 20.

Stearns County had the highest number of new cases at 318 confirmed and 36 probable over the weekend. Kandiyohi County reported 206 confirmed and three probable. Other area counties saw weekend increases in the double digits: 98 confirmed and one probable in Meeker County; 78 new confirmed cases in Redwood County; 70 confirmed and nine probable cases in Renville County; 39 confirmed and three probable cases in Yellow Medicine County; 36 confirmed cases in Pope County; 30 new confirmed cases in Swift County; 25 new confirmed cases each in Chippewa and Lac qui Parle counties; and 14 new confirmed cases in Big Stone County.

Stearns County reported four deaths — one person in the 75-79 age range, one in the 80-84 range and two in the 85-89 range. Yellow Medicine County reported two deaths — one person was the 70-74 range and one in the 90-94 range. Kandiyohi County reported the death of a person in the 85-89 range. Redwood County reported the death of one person in the 80-84 range. Renville County reported a death in the 75-79 range.

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: 270, 1 probable
  • Chippewa County: 740, 3 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 3,361, 15 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 309, 3 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,007, 4 probable
  • Pope County: 462
  • Redwood County: 747, 4 probable
  • Renville County: 664, 24 probable
  • Stearns County: 11,734, 269 probable
  • Swift County: 481, 2 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 533, 6 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.)


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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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