WILLMAR — Three individuals from the region lost their battles against COVID-19, reported the Minnesota Department of Health on Sunday. A Chippewa County resident in their late 90s, a person from Kandiyohi County in their late 60s and a Stearns County resident in their early 80s reportedly died from complications of COVID-19. Statewide their were 15 new deaths.

New cases also grew, 109 total on Sunday from the 11-county region. Stearns County had the most with 56, followed by Meeker County with 15. Kandiyohi and Pope counties both had eight, while Chippewa County added seven new cases. Renville and Swift counties each had five new cases and Yellow Medicine County had four. Lac qui Parle County had one new cases, while Big Stone and Redwood counties had no new cases on Sunday.

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The state's daily situation update reported 1,847 new cases statewide, bringing the cumulative total since the pandemic began to 556,381.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 40,490 of them have been among health care workers.

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The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,020. Most of the deaths, 4,332, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,785 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The information was included in the latest daily situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health, 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: 564 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,465 cases; 37 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,281 cases; 81 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 736 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,374 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,030 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,663 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,725 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 21,052 cases; 219 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,000 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,108 cases; 19 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Sunday’s report, 2,274,426 people have received one dose and 1,600,887 have completed the vaccine series statewide, about 52 percent of the eligible population.

The percent of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 42 percent of residents in Meeker County to 63 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 45 percent of residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,568

  • Chippewa: 4,563

  • Kandiyohi: 15,141

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,960

  • Meeker: 7,542

  • Pope: 4,588

  • Redwood: 5,379

  • Renville: 5,651

  • Stearns: 57,063

  • Swift: 3,985

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,160

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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