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Area sees 69 new COVID-19 cases in Sunday state update; one death

Fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths were reported statewide in Sunday's Department of Health update. Area counties reported 69 new cases and one death. The Health Department posts an update each day at 11 a.m.

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WILLMAR — There were 69 new cases of COVID-19 and one death reported in the area in Sunday's state update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The death was reported Stearns County in the 80-84 age range.

The largest portion of the new cases were in Stearns County, with 34 cases reported Sunday. Kandiyohi County reported 11 new cases; Chippewa and Pope counties each reported five new cases; Meeker and Swift counties each reported four new cases; Renville and Yellow Medicine counties each reported two new cases; Big Stone and Lac qui Parle counties each reported one new case.

Redwood County did not report any new cases.

Statewide there were 997 newly reported cases overall and five deaths.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 497,392.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,447 of them are health care workers.

There were five additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,746 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,240, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,597 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: 527 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,389 cases; 35 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,888

    cases; 78 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 701 cases; 17 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,102 cases; 34 deaths
  • Pope County: 845 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,493 cases; 34 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,547 cases; 41 deaths
  • Stearns County: 19,068 cases; 209 deaths
  • Swift County: 895 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 987 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, 1,240,140 people have received one dose and 707,776 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: 1,809

  • Chippewa: 2,973

  • Kandiyohi: 9,440

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,217

  • Meeker: 4,812

  • Pope: 2,999

  • Redwood: 3,643

  • Renville: 3,541

  • Stearns: 33,948

  • Swift: 2,595

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,955

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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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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