WILLMAR — Minnesota reported a new single-day record of 7,228 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune also experienced a big upswing with 610 new cases.

The state reported 39 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, the second highest total for a day since Wednesday's report. In this area, an individual in the 95 to 99 age category in Meeker County and an individual in the 85 to 89 age category in Redwood County are among the deaths, and in Stearns County two deaths were recorded: a person in the 35 to 39 age range and an person over 100 years of age.

Stearns County recorded 346 newly confirmed cases on Thursday and 18 probable. Kandiyohi reported 71 new cases. Meeker County saw 47 new confirmed cases and two probable, and Renville County reported 30 cases. Pope County reported 28 cases; Swift, 24 cases; Redwood, 22 cases; Lac qui Parle, 13 cases; Yellow Medicine, 12 cases; Chippewa, 10 cases; and Big Stone County had one case.

The statewide total of 7,228 new cases includes 6,853 confirmed cases and 375 probable cases.

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That brings the state's cumulative total to 201,795.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 16,856 of them are health care workers.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.

The 39 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 brings the current total for the state to 2,756 deaths from confirmed cases and 37 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 1,921, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,262 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 159,467 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,253,880 completed tests, including 3,203,325 PCR tests and 50,555 antigen tests. And approximately 2,068,676 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 confirmed cases — and probable if any — among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 217; 1 probable
  • Chippewa County: 608; 2 probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 2,418; 4 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 209
  • Meeker County: 623; 2 probable
  • Pope County: 302
  • Redwood County: 452; 2 probable
  • Renville County: 426; 7 probable
  • Stearns County: 8,862; 165 probable

  • Swift County: 352
  • Yellow Medicine County: 420; 4 probable

(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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