WILLMAR — Minnesota reported 8,953 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, nearly matching the two-day total from the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health update.

The state total includes 8,680 newly confirmed cases and 273 newly reported probable cases. It brings the state total number of cases to 312,969. Health care workers represent 22,613 of the total.

The Department of Health reported 57 deaths, with 14 of the deaths in the west central Minnesota counties tracked by the West Central Tribune.

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Renville County reported three deaths, an individual in the 65-69 age category, one in the 75-79 age category, and one in the 90-94 age category. Stearns County reported eight deaths, including one in the 65-69 age category; two in the 70-74 age category; three in the 85-89 age category; and two in the 90-94 age category. Kandiyohi County reported one death, an individual in the 95-99 age category. Meeker County reported the loss of an individual in the 90-94 age category. Yellow Medicine County reported the death of an individual in the 85-89 age category.

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The 11 west central counties recorded a total of 522 newly confirmed cases and nine probable cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health provides a breakdown of how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.

Stearns County reported 205 new cases, and four new probable cases. Its total since the pandemic began is now 13,404 confirmed and 329 probable.

Kandiyohi County experienced 114 new confirmed cases. It brings the total of cases in Kandiyohi County since the start of the pandemic to 4,054 confirmed and 27 probable, which is approaching 10 percent of the population.

Meeker County reported 48 new confirmed cases. Chippewa County added 34 newly confirmed cases; Renville County added 32 confirmed cases and one probable; Redwood County added 30 confirmed cases; Lac qui Parle County added 14 confirmed cases and two probable; Yellow Medicine County added 14 confirmed cases and two probable; Big Stone County added 11 confirmed cases; Pope County added 11 new cases; and Swift County added nine confirmed cases.

Minnesota has now experienced 3,578 deaths attributed to the pandemic. Most of the deaths, 2,407, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,941 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 265,223 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,219,424 completed tests, including 4,116,741 polymerase chain reaction tests and 102,683 antigen tests. And approximately 2,512,690 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: 317; 1 probable
  • Chippewa County: 883; 4 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 4,054; 27 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 372; 5 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,274; 13 probable
  • Pope County: 537; 2 probable
  • Redwood County: 938; 8 probable
  • Renville County: 824; 41 probable
  • Stearns County: 13,404; 329 probable
  • Swift County: 575; 8 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 620; 28 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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