WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County is nearly passing the 700 mark in confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as it added nine new cases over the weekend.

Other local counties also saw increases in the single digits this weekend as the state total case count continues to increase by hundreds each day.

Statewide there were 1,730 new cases confirmed over the weekend for a total of 60,898 with 6,805 of them being health care workers.

There were 17 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,657.

Most of the deaths, 1,249, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,327 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

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On Sunday there were 312 COVID patients in hospitals, 148 of them being treated in ICUs across the state. Since Jan. 20, there have been 5,555 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 53,568 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,159,139 completed tests since Jan. 20. Because some patients need to be tested more than once, 934,973 individual people have tested for COVID-19.

The information was included in the Minnesota Department of Health daily situation updates, released at 11 a.m. daily.

The current number of confirmed COVID-19 patients (with weekend increases) residing in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 22
  • Chippewa County: 104, + 3
  • Kandiyohi County: 696, + 9
  • Lac qui Parle County: 7, + 1
  • Meeker County: 85, + 1
  • Pope County: 48
  • Redwood County: 36, + 4
  • Renville County: 64, + 2
  • Stearns County: 2,893, + 19
  • Swift County: 53, + 1
  • Yellow Medicine County: 52, + 1

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