WILLMAR — The 11-county region tracked by the West Central Tribune saw the number of COVID-19 cases decline over the weekend, with 93 cases reported on Saturday and 64 cases on Sunday, for a total of 157, according to information from the Minnesota Department of Health. Sunday marked the third consecutive day that case numbers declined in the region.

There were no deaths in the region attributed to COVID-19.

Over the past two days, Stearns County had 93 newly reported cases, and Kandiyohi County added 20.

Meeker County had 16 newly reported cases; Redwood County had eight cases; Renville County had seven; and Swift County had six. Pope County had three newly reported cases. Big Stone County had two. Yellow Medicine and Chippewa counties each had one. Lac qui Parle County had no new cases.

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The state added 3,590 cases to its total, bringing the state's cumulative number of cases to 579,235. There were 22 new deaths.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,501 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,160. Most of the deaths, 4,370, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,877 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: 590 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,509 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,452 cases; 81 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 748 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,488 cases; 38 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,064 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,705 cases; 36 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,770 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 21,815 cases; 220 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,038 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,133 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Sunday’s report, 2,574,895 people have received at least one dose and 1,972,888 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 44 percent of residents in Meeker County to 65 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 48 percent of residents age 16 and over 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: 2,647

  • Chippewa: 4,799

  • Kandiyohi: 16,023

  • Lac qui Parle: 3,075

  • Meeker: 7,924

  • Pope: 4,796

  • Redwood: 5,714

  • Renville: 5,972

  • Stearns: 63,094

  • Swift: 4,139

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,324

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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