WILLMAR — There were 37 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Wednesday's state report, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,377.

The latest report indicates Kandiyohi County is continuing its streak of double-digit increases in the number of confirmed cases.

Statewide there are 1,254 new cases reported Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Health added an additional breakdown to the data that details how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.

With that new data, the 1,254 cases in the latest report includes 1,214 confirmed cases and 40 probable cases.

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That brings the state’s cumulative total to 115,943, which includes 115,764 confirmed and 180 probable cases. Of the cumulative number of cases, 11,912 of them are health care workers.

The additional data are also included for daily reports for individual counties.

Most of the area counties had increases in the number of confirmed cases and one county registered a “probable” case.

Big Stone County had seven new confirmed cases, Chippewa County had seven confirmed cases and one probable case, Lac qui Parle County had five confirmed cases, Meeker County had three, Pope County had three, Redwood County had three, Renville County had two, Stearns County had 55, Swift County had four and Yellow Medicine had three.

Chippewa County was the only area county with a newly reported probable case. However, some area counties have probable cases in their overall case totals, noted in the bulleted list below, as the new data reporting Wednesday includes both newly reported cases and 140 probable cases reported since Sept. 1.

Statewide, there were 29 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 for a current statewide total of 2,180. That includes 2,174 from confirmed cases and six from probable cases of COVID.

The deaths reported Wednesday include an individual in Redwood County who was at least 100 years old and two in Stearns County including one in the 80-84 age bracket and one in the 85-89 age range.

Most of the deaths in the state, 1,535, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,736 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The state continues to report a separate figure for deaths when COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate but no lab test was ever documented for the individual, and that figure remains at 53.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 103,830 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 2,383,527 completed tests, including 2,367,344 PCR tests and 16,183 antigen tests. Approximately 1,613,231 people have been tested 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: 117

  • Chippewa County: 329, and one probable case

  • Kandiyohi County: 1,377, and one probable case

  • Lac qui Parle County: 112

  • Meeker County: 279

  • Pope County: 130

  • Redwood County: 220

  • Renville County: 212, and three probable cases

  • Stearns County: 4,810, and 31 probable cases

  • Swift County: 178

  • Yellow Medicine County: 249

(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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