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Cases of COVID-19 increase by 7 in Kandiyohi County

The number of new coronavirus cases in Kandiyohi County grew by seven, marking the third day in the last four with a single digit increase, 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 seven, the third day in the last four with a single-digit increase, according to information released on Sunday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Kandiyohi County's total cases are now 412, 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 699 new cases for a total of 15,668.

There were 22 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 722. Most of the deaths, 587 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 1,713 confirmed positive cases in people residing in the county, an increase of 38 from yesterday'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 Sunday, other area counties saw small increases in confirmed positive cases. Chippewa County and Meeker counties each saw two additional cases, bringing the total to 30 in Chippewa County and to 34 in Meeker County. Swift County has 13 cases, an increase of one. Other area counties saw no increase, including 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 487 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 221 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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