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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Minnesota

There were 119 new COVID-19 cases reported in the 11-county area tracked by the West Central Tribune on Friday, and no deaths. The state saw overall numbers continue to climb.

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

WILLMAR — Minnesota saw its numbers of COVID-19 cases rise again as daily totals stay above the 2,000 threshold with 2,553 new cases reported on Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state reported four new deaths.

There were 119 new COVID-19 cases reported in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune, according to the department's update.

Stearns County reported 75 new cases and Kandiyohi County followed with 15 new cases.

Redwood County reported eight new cases; Meeker County reported seven new cases; Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each had four newly reported cases; Pope County reported two new cases; Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Renville counties each reported one new case.


The state's daily report of 2,553 new cases brings the cumulative number since the pandemic began to 524,203.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,354 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,864. Most of the deaths, 4,282, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,681 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: 546 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,422 cases; 36 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,083 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 723 cases; 21 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,208 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 946 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,581 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,627 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 20,024 cases; 209 deaths

  • Swift County: 955 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,048 cases; 18 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday’s report, 1,720,811 people have received at least one dose and 1,088,332 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

Lac qui Parle County has now joined the counties in which at least 50 percent of the population over age 16 — the currently eligible group — has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Big Stone leads this region with 56 percent of its population over age 16 having received at least one dose. Kandiyohi County reports that 39 percent of the eligible population has received at least one dose.


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

  • Big Stone: 2,284

  • Chippewa: 4,143

  • Kandiyohi: 12,913

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,781

  • Meeker: 6,025

  • Pope: 3,897

  • Redwood: 4,694

  • Renville: 4,895

  • Stearns: 44,843

  • Swift: 3,585

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,749

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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