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COVID-19 daily cases tick up in west central Minnesota, rest of state

COVID -19 cases remain on the increase, with 70 cases overall reported on Thursday by the 11 counties that the West Central Tribune tracks. The state reported a total of 1,096 new cases.

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

WILLMAR — COVID-19 daily case totals have again ticked up, according to the Thursday update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune reported a total of 71 cases on Thursday, and one death in Pope County of a person age 85-89 was reported.

The state reported 19 new deaths and 1,096 new cases overall.

Stearns County reported 27 new cases and Kandiyohi County reported 17. Pope County reported seven new cases. Meeker County reported four new cases; Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Renville counties each reported three new cases. Big Stone and Swift counties each reported two new cases and Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one.

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.



The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,724. Most of the deaths, 4,231, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,581 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The state’s cumulative number of positive cases to 494,106, with 38,315 of them being health care workers.

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: 523 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,379 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,866 cases; 78 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 693 cases; 17 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,094 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 832 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,490 cases; 34 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,537 cases; 41 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,957 cases; 208 deaths

  • Swift County: 889 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 980 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public but is being provided to targeted groups.

The latest state report indicates that 1,129,967 people have received at least one dose and 642,701 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

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

  • Big Stone: 1,710

  • Chippewa: 2,902

  • Kandiyohi: 8,784

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,171

  • Meeker: 4,188

  • Pope: 2,904

  • Redwood: 3,400

  • Renville: 3,375

  • Stearns: 30,340

  • Swift: 2,364

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,855

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.
The percentage of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 18.1 percent of the population in Meeker County to 34.2 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 20.5 % of residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.


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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