WILLMAR — There was one death and 69 new cases of COVID-19 reported in west central Minnesota in the Wednesday state update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Stearns County reported the one death of a person in the 70-74 age category and reported the largest number of new cases with 38.

Other area counties reported new cases in the single digits: Kandiyohi County, seven; Redwood County, five; Big Stone County and Chippewa County, four cases each; Pope County and Renville County, three cases each; Meeker County, two; and Lac qui Parle County, Swift County and Yellow Medicine County, one case each.

Statewide there were 1,514 newly reported cases overall.

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That brings the state's cumulative total to 572,025.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,190 of them have been among health care workers.

There were 22 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 7,113 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,358, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,847of 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: 588 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,495 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,405 cases; 81 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 748 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,448 cases; 38 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,057 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,687 cases; 36 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,752 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,572 cases; 220 deaths
  • Swift County: 1,024 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,131 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 Wednesday’s report, 2,487,282 people have received at least one dose and 1,833,719 have completed the two-shot 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 43% of residents in Meeker County to 64% in Big Stone County. To date, 47% of residents age 16 and over in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,613

  • Chippewa: 4,753

  • Kandiyohi: 15,716

  • Lac qui Parle: 3,016

  • Meeker: 7,763

  • Pope: 4,722

  • Redwood: 5,591

  • Renville: 5,819

  • Stearns: 61,298

  • Swift: 4,108

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,254

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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