WILLMAR — One death and 154 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the area in Friday's state update.

The state reported that a person in the 75-79 age category died in Yellow Medicine County.

Of the new cases, the highest reported total was 86 in Stearns County. Kandiyohi County reported 19 new cases, and Meeker County reported 18.

Other counties reported new cases in the single digits — Yellow Medicine County reported eight cases, and Swift County reported six.

Redwood County reported five new cases, and Chippewa County and Renville County each reported four new cases. Big Stone County reported two new cases, and Lac qui Parle County and Pope County reported one case each.

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Statewide there were 2,167 newly reported cases overall.


That brings the state's cumulative total cases to 564,584.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 40,852 of them are health care workers.

There were 10 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 7,064 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,344, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,814 of the people who have 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: 579 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,481 cases; 37 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,355 cases; 81 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 743 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,423 cases; 37 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,043 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,675 cases; 35 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,736 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,351 cases; 219 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,011 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,121 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public. Health care workers and long-term care facility residents are the priority populations currently.

As of Friday’s report, 2,376,700 people have received at least one dose and 1,711,408 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

The percent of eligible people — those age 16 and over — 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, 46% of eligible residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,576

  • Chippewa: 4,641

  • Kandiyohi: 15,442

  • Lac qui Parle: 3,003

  • Meeker: 7,677

  • Pope: 4,644

  • Redwood: 5,491

  • Renville: 5,744

  • Stearns: 59,230

  • Swift: 4,042

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,214

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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