WILLMAR – Nearly every county in the region reported new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest report released Saturday morning.

There were 8 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 879.

Big Stone County reported two new cases, Chippewa County had three, Lac qui Parle County had one, Meeker County had five, Pope County reported one new case, Redwood County had two, Renville County had five, Stearns County had 28, Swift County had 11 new cases and Yellow Medicine reported two new cases.

Statewide there are 929 new cases for a total of 83,588 with 9,077 of them being health care workers.

There were nine additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,906.

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Most of the deaths, 1,389 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,523 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 247 COVID patients currently in hospitals,140 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 76,650 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,684,520 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 COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 47

  • Chippewa County: 168

  • Kandiyohi County: 879

  • Lac qui Parle County: 27

  • Meeker County: 140

  • Pope County: 74

  • Redwood County: 83

  • Renville County: 106

  • Stearns County: 3,530

  • Swift County: 89

  • Yellow Medicine County: 124

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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