Area sees 68 new COVID-19 cases in Saturday state update; no deaths
More than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths were reported statewide in Saturday's Department of Health update. Area counties reported 68 new cases and no deaths. The Health Department posts an update each day at 11 a.m.
WILLMAR — There were 68 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths reported in the area in Saturday's state update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The largest portion of the new cases were in Stearns County, with 40 cases reported Saturday. Kandiyohi and Pope counties each reported six new cases; Lac qui Parle reported four new cases; Renville County reported three new cases; Chippewa, Meeker and Redwood counties each reported two new cases; Big Stone, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one new case.
Statewide there were 1,191 newly reported cases overall.
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That brings the state's cumulative total to 496,395.
Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,409 of them are health care workers.
There were four additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,741 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,238, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,593 of the people who died were 70 or older.
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: 526 cases; 4 deaths
- Chippewa County: 1,384 cases; 35 deaths
Kandiyohi County: 5,877
cases; 78 deaths
- Lac qui Parle County: 700 cases; 17 deaths
- Meeker County: 2,098 cases; 34 deaths
- Pope County: 840 cases; 6 deaths
- Redwood County: 1,493 cases; 34 deaths
- Renville County: 1,545 cases; 41 deaths
- Stearns County: 19,033 cases; 208 deaths
- Swift County: 891 cases; 18 deaths
- Yellow Medicine County: 985 cases; 17 deaths
The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public. Health care workers and long-term care facility residents are the priority populations currently.
As of Saturday’s report, 1,205,342 people have received one dose and 683,034 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.
According to the figures available Friday, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:
Big Stone: 1,782
Lac qui Parle: 2,196
Yellow Medicine: 2,927
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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