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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.

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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.


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.

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: 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

  • Chippewa: 2,984

  • Kandiyohi: 9,419

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,196

  • Meeker: 4,405

  • Pope: 2,975

  • Redwood: 3,586

  • Renville: 3,473

  • Stearns: 33,236

  • Swift: 2,493

  • 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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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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