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Cases of COVID-19 increase by 11 in Kandiyohi County

The number of new coronavirus cases in Kandiyohi County grew by 11 after two days of single-digit increases, according to the latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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WILLMAR β€” The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kandiyohi County has increased by 11 after two consecutive days of single-digit increases.

The county's total cases are now 405, according to the 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 740 new cases for a total of 14,969.

There were 17 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 700. Most of the deaths, 568 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are nine probable COVID-19 deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed on the death certificate but a positive test was not documented for the person.

According to the report, Stearns County now has 1,675 confirmed positive cases in people residing in the county, an increase of 34 from Friday's report. Swift County has 12 cases, an increase of one.

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Because the county of residence is confirmed during a case interview, there can in some cases be a lag between when a positive test is recorded in the overall statewide figures and when it is reported in the county of residence. The state lists 25 positive cases as unknown or missing the county of residence.

According to the report available Friday, other area counties did not see an increase in confirmed positive cases, including Chippewa County with 28 cases, Meeker County with 32 cases, Big Stone County with two cases, Lac qui Parle County with two cases, Redwood County with three, Renville County with five and Yellow Medicine County with three cases.

Statewide, there are 493 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 225 of them being treated in ICUs.

Minnesota Department of Health reports that 10,271 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to be isolated, which is a number that includes those who have died.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 143,281 completed tests since Jan. 20.

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