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Chippewa County child dies of COVID-19

A child from Chippewa County has reportedly died from COVID-19, the only local death reported on Wednesday. There were also 24 new confirmed cases, and four probable cases, of the virus in the area.

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WILLMAR — A Chippewa County child between the ages of 5 and 9 years of age has died from COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health reported in Wednesday's coronavirus situation update.

According to the department, the child did have an underlying health condition. This is only the second COVID-19 death of an individual under the age of 20 to be reported in Minnesota. The first was a child under the age of 4 from Clay County.

The child's death was the only COVID-19 fatality reported for the local area and one of 11 statewide. All the other deaths were individuals 75 and older.

There were 24 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 11-county area. Stearns County had 10 confirmed and Kandiyohi County had five confirmed cases. Lac qui Parle, Pope and Renville counties each had two new cases while Big Stone, Redwood and Swift each had one confirmed case. Chippewa, Meeker and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases.

Redwood County also had one probable case and Stearns County had three probable cases.


Statewide there were 677 newly reported cases overall.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 469,905.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,060 of them are health care workers.

Most of the 6,319 total deaths, 3,983, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 4,210 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The information was included in the latest 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.

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: 487 cases; 3 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,345 cases; 35 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,691 cases; 73 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 672 cases; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,038 cases; 33 deaths
  • Pope County: 764 cases; 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,441 cases; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,428 cases; 40 deaths
  • Stearns County: 18,450 cases; 198 deaths
  • Swift County: 868 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 962 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public.


As of Wednesday’s report, 583,602 people have received one dose and 168,495 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Wednesday, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 1,046

  • Chippewa: 1,486

  • Kandiyohi: 5,330

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,185

  • Meeker: 2,591

  • Pope: 1,686

  • Redwood: 1,888

  • Renville: 1,606

  • Stearns: 20,988

  • Swift: 1,542

  • Yellow Medicine: 1,725

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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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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