WILLMAR — More than 220 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in west central Minnesota in the Friday situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

In the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune, more than 1,100 cases were reported in the past week.

Five area deaths were reported during the week. One person in the 80-84 age category died in Redwood County. Three deaths were reported in Kandiyohi County, one person who was 65-69 years old and two who were 70-74 years old. Stearns County reported the death of one person 85-89 years old.

On Friday, Stearns County reported the highest number of case at 116. Other counties reporting cases were Kandiyohi, 20; Swift, 17; Redwood, 15; Meeker, 14; Renville and Pope, 11 each; Yellow Medicine, 10; Chippewa, three; and Big Stone and Lac qui Parle, two each.

In the situation update Friday from the Minnesota Department of Health, the state reported 27 newly reported deaths and 2,997 new cases. The report is released five days a week at 11 a.m. and includes cases reported as of 4 a.m. the previous business day.

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The state's cumulative number of cases is now 697,182, about 15,500 more than last week.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 46,632 of them have been among health care workers, about 400 more than a week ago.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 8,076, which is 93 more deaths than a week ago. More than half of the deaths, 4,620, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

In a report of its response capacity to the pandemic, the Health Department reported that, as of Thursday, 213 people with COVID-19 were in ICUs across the state, and 539 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized but not in an ICU. Hospitalizations are now higher than they were at the peak of the surge in April.

Among 91 ICU units reporting to the state, 49 reported they were operating at more than 95% of their staffed capacity. Of 130 hospitals reporting on non-ICU care, 47 reported they were operating at more than 95% of their staffed capacity.

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:

The state is also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday's report, 3,386,985 Minnesotans have received one dose and 3,213,208 have completed the vaccine series statewide. About 25,000 people have completed their vaccination series in the past week.

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

  • Big Stone: 65.1%

  • Chippewa: 60.9%

  • Kandiyohi: 57.5%

  • Lac qui Parle: 63.9%

  • Meeker: 49.7%

  • Pope: 56.3%

  • Redwood: 55.6%

  • Renville: 53.8%

  • Stearns: 54.8%

  • Swift: 58.9%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56.4%

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. weekdays, but there is a delay between a vaccine being given and when it is reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.

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