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COVID-19 cases remain steady in west central Minnesota

COVID-19 cases in the area remained steady, with 58 newly reported cases in Friday's state report as compared to 60 on Thursday in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune. Stearns County reported two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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

WILLMAR — The 11-county area that West Central Tribune tracks had 58 newly reported COVID-19 cases overall in Friday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health, as compared to 60 on Thursday.

Stearns County reported two deaths attributed to COVID-19. An individual in the 65-69 age category and another in the 70-74 age category were listed.

Stearns County had 37 newly reported cases overall and Kandiyohi County reported seven. Renville County reported three new cases; Big Stone, Chippewa, Redwood, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each reported two new cases. Meeker County reported one. Lac que Parle and Pope counties reported no cases.


Statewide there were 1,054 newly reported cases. That brings the state's cumulative total to 466,224.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 36,872 of them are health care workers.

There were 22 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,273 deaths. Most of the deaths, 3,960, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,195 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The information was included in the latest Minnesota Department of Health daily situation update , 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: 476 cases; 3 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,340 cases; 33 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,671 cases; 73 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 667 cases; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,031 cases; 33 deaths
  • Pope County: 759 cases; 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,438 cases; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,414 cases; 40 deaths
  • Stearns County: 18,359 cases; 197 deaths
  • Swift County: 866 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 962 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet broadly available but is targeted to certain populations.

According to the report available Friday, 497,843 people have received one dose and 138,212 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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

  • Big Stone: 922

  • Chippewa: 1,244

  • Kandiyohi: 4,563

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,082

  • Meeker: 1,911

  • Pope: 1,445

  • Redwood: 1,240

  • Renville: 1,336

  • Stearns: 18,619

  • Swift: 1,292

  • Yellow Medicine: 1,554

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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