All area counties but two recorded a decrease in their 14-day COVID-19 case rate in Thursday’s weekly report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

All area counties but one reported Friday that at least 50% of their residents 12 and older had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine. Meeker County reported 46% vaccinated.

The 14-day case rate is one factor school districts used during the school year to choose a learning model. The weekly report also shows case rate trends over the past six weeks. The case rate report is released at 11 a.m. each Thursday.

Only one of the 11 counties followed by the West Central Tribune has a case rate in double digits — Kandiyohi County at 11.96 per 10,000 residents. Kandiyohi County is also the only county with a higher case rate from a week ago, but the increase was less than 1. Yellow Medicine County was unchanged from the last reporting period.

Big Stone County reported a case rate of zero. Five other area counties had case rates of less than 5.

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Statewide, 76 of the state's 87 counties now report case rates less than 10. Another nine report case rates of 10 to less than 20.

Only two counties reported case rates of 20 or higher — Wadena at 20.52 and Koochiching at 33.22.

In the report released six weeks ago, 36 counties reported case rates in the 30 to less than 50 category, and 26 reported 50 or more.


The case rate measures the county’s number of newly confirmed cases over a two-week period per 10,000 residents. The state divides the number of new cases by the number found by dividing a county’s population by 10,000.

The state considers a 14-day case rate of 10 or higher to represent an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community, especially when the level is sustained or increases over time.

This list includes the current case rate for area counties from May 23 to June 5 and how it changed from a week ago:

The state separately reports vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday's report, 3,014,795 people have received at least one dose and 2,799,918 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Friday, the percentage of residents age 12 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 65%

  • Chippewa: 56%

  • Kandiyohi: 51%

  • Lac qui Parle: 56%

  • Meeker: 46%

  • Pope: 55%

  • Redwood: 51%

  • Renville: 54%

  • Stearns: 50%

  • Swift: 56%

  • Yellow Medicine: 52%

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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