WILLMAR — There were five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Saturday's state report, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 667.

Chippewa County reported three additional cases, Pope County had one, Renville County had one, Stearns County had 15 and Yellow Medicine County had additional case.

Statewide there are 731 new cases for a total of 55,188 with 6,319 of them being health care workers.

There were six additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,606.

Most of the deaths, 1,226, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 1,290 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The report indicates that several congregate-care facilities reported a COVID-19 exposure. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who either visited, worked, or lived at a congregate-care facility while they were contagious.

The facilities in the region include Brookside Senior Living in Chippewa County, Bethesda Grand and Copperleaf Senior Living in Kandiyohi County, Augustana Care Lakeside Campus in Meeker County, and CentraCare Health Sauk Centre and Skylight Gardens Assisted Living in Stearns County.

Facilities that have not reported a new exposure for a minimum of 28 days will be removed and if a facility identifies a new exposure they will be listed again. This list is updated every Friday.

Statewide, there are 317 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 149 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 48,119 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,040,317 completed tests since Jan. 20.

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.

The current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 22
  • Chippewa County: 96
  • Kandiyohi County: 667
  • Lac qui Parle County: 6
  • Meeker County: 83
  • Pope County: 39
  • Redwood County: 30
  • Renville County: 57
  • Stearns County: 2,807
  • Swift County: 51
  • Yellow Medicine County: 49

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