WILLMAR — Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to be low in the local area, with only 15 confirmed and four probable cases reported Tuesday in the area, according to the daily Minnesota Department of Health situation update. There were no deaths reported in the region.

Vaccinations also continue, with Big Stone County reporting up to a quarter of their population having received at least one dose of a vaccine. Most area counties are reporting vaccination numbers between 14 percent to 25 percent of their populations.

On Tuesday, Stearns County reported 11 cases overall, the largest total. Kandiyohi County had three new cases and Meeker had two, while Chippewa, Pope and Yellow Medicine counties all had one new case each. Reporting no new cases were Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Redwood, Renville and Swift counties.

Statewide there were 513 newly reported cases overall.


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That brings the state's cumulative total to 480,091.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,505 of them are health care workers.

There were one additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,434 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,038, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,331 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

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.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties and the number of deaths includes:

  • Big Stone County: 509 cases; 3 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,357 cases; 35 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,763 cases; 74 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 679 cases; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,055 cases; 34 deaths
  • Pope County: 787 cases; 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,463 cases; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,468 cases; 40 deaths
  • Stearns County: 18,677 cases; 200 deaths
  • Swift County: 871 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 975 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public.

As of Tuesday’s report, 762,089 people have received one dose and 362,156 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Tuesday, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 1,274

  • Chippewa: 1,938

  • Kandiyohi: 6,055

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,489

  • Meeker: 3,270

  • Pope: 2,069

  • Redwood: 2,379

  • Renville: 2,599

  • Stearns: 23,285

  • Swift: 1,654

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,008

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.

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