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Cases of COVID-19 increase by 3 in Kandiyohi County

The number of new coronavirus cases in Kandiyohi County grew by three, representing one of the smallest single-day increases in recent weeks, 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 three, the smallest single-day increase in recent weeks, according to information released on Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Kandiyohi County's total cases are now 415, 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 705 new cases for a total of 16,372.

There were 9 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 731. Most of the deaths, 595, 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 1,740 confirmed positive cases in people residing in the county, an increase of 27 from Sunday's report.

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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.

According to the report available Monday, other area counties saw small increases in confirmed positive cases. Chippewa County and Meeker counties again each saw two additional cases confirmed in a resident of the county, bringing the total to 32 in Chippewa County and to 36 in Meeker County. Swift County saw no increase and remains at 13 cases. Big Stone and Lac qui Parle Counties each increased by one, to three in cases in each county. Three area counties saw no increases, including Redwood County with three, Renville County with five and Yellow Medicine County with three cases.

Statewide, there are 488 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 229 of them being treated in ICUs.

Minnesota Department of Health reports that 10,764 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to be isolated. As of Monday, May 18, that number no longer includes the number who have died. The department said the cumulative number was adjusted to reflect that change. Until Monday, the number leaving isolation had also included those who had died.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 156,606 completed tests since Jan. 20.

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