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COVID-19 death in Meeker County reported in Wednesday's state update

The region reported one death and 79 cases of COVID-19 in the state's daily situation report on Wednesday.

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

WILLMAR — Meeker County reported the death of an individual in their late 80s as the latest COVID-19 death in the region. Across the state there were nine new COVID-19 deaths reported in the state situation report on Wednesday.

There were 79 new confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the area, 52 of them from Stearns County. Pope County had the second highest total with 12 new cases, followed by Meeker County with six.

Kandiyohi County had four new cases, Yellow Medicine County had three and Redwood and Renville counties each reported one new case. Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties had no new cases in Wednesday's report.


The state added 1,323 cases, bring the cumulative number of cases to 508,541.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,828 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,798. Most of the deaths, 4,254, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,633 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: 534 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,415 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,970 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 706 cases; 17 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,143 cases; 36 deaths

  • Pope County: 892 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,519 cases; 34 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,582 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 19,454 cases; 208 deaths

  • Swift County: 914 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,016 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.

As of Wednesday’s report, 1,454,834 people have received one dose and 862,955 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

Big Stone County has surpassed 40 percent of its population receiving at least one dose and Lac qui Parle County is approaching that level. Meeker County is on the other end of the range in the region at 22.4 percent. Kandiyohi County is at 25.5 percent.

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


  • Big Stone: 2,069

  • Chippewa: 3,698

  • Kandiyohi: 10,923

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,598

  • Meeker: 5,170

  • Pope: 3,349

  • Redwood: 4,190

  • Renville: 4,173

  • Stearns: 38,011

  • Swift: 3,095

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,413

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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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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