WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County'd 83rd death connected to COVID-19 was reported on Saturday, one of eight deaths statewide. The individual was in their late 70s, said the state's daily coronavirus update on Saturday.

There was also an additional 91 new cases of COVID-19 in the 11-county area being followed by the West Central Tribune.

Stearns County had another 51 cases, the vast majority of the total, while Kandiyohi County added another 12 to its total case load. Redwood County reported another nine new cases, Meeker County had eight new cases and Pope County added four.

Renville County's case count increased by three and Big Stone and Swift counties each had two newly reported cases. Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases on Saturday.


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Statewide there were 1,321 new COVID-19 cases. The state's cumulative number of cases is now 586,959.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,868 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,224. The majority of the deaths, 4,377, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,910 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: 597 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,515 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,503 cases; 83 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 750 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,529 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,091 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,726 cases; 36 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,786 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,051 cases; 221 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,047 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,138 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Saturday’s report, 2,641,346 people have received at least one dose and 2,106,486 have completed the vaccine series statewide. That is approximately 60 percent of the eligible population of those 16 and older.

According to the figures available Saturday, the percentage of eligible people — age 16 and over — who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 66%

  • Chippewa: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 49%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 45%

  • Pope: 54%

  • Redwood: 48%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 52%

  • Swift: 56%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56%

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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