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COVID-19 deaths reported in Kandiyohi, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties

The state reported 24 additional COVID deaths Monday. The toll included two individuals in Kandiyohi County and one each in Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

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

WILLMAR — Four COVID-related deaths were reported Monday in west central Minnesota involving individuals in Kandiyohi, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Statewide there were 24 additional deaths.

There were two individuals from Kandiyohi County, including an individual in the 85-89 age range and another in the 90-94 age range.

That brings the total number of COVID deaths in Kandiyohi County to 15.

In Swift County there was one individual in the 90-94 age range and in Yellow Medicine County the death involved a person who was 50-54 years of age. So far Swift County has six deaths attributed to COVID and Yellow Medicine has 11.


Statewide there were 6,353 newly reported cases of COVID, including 6,070 confirmed cases and 282 probable cases.

The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

In this region, every county that’s tracked by the West Central Tribune reported new cases, with Kandiyohi County reporting 101 new confirmed cases and five probable, for a current total to 3,462 confirmed cases and 20 probable. Stearns County reported 243 new cases and 13 new probable, bringing that county’s current total to 11,983 confirmed cases and 283 probable cases.

Big Stone County had six new confirmed cases in Monday's report, Chippewa County had 25 confirmed cases and one probable, Lac qui Parle County reported eight new cases, Meeker County had 65 confirmed cases and one probable case, Pope County had 19 confirmed cases and one probable, Redwood County reported 26 confirmed cases and one probable case, Renville County had 16 confirmed cases and two probable cases, Swift County had 12 confirmed cases and one probable case and Yellow Medicine County had 11 confirmed cases and three probable cases.

The cumulative total of cases in the state is 276,500, which includes 271,557 confirmed and 4,943 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 20,638 of them are health care workers.

With the additional 24 deaths reported Monday, the state currently has a total of 3,265 from COVID, including 3,205 deaths from confirmed cases and 60 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 2,223, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,670 of the deaths were 70 years or older.


The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 227,311 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,837,304 completed tests, including 3,756,777 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 80,527 antigen tests. And approximately 2,340,776 people have been tested since Jan. 20.

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.

The current number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 276, one probable

  • Chippewa County: 765, 4 probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 3,462, 20 probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 317, 3 probable

  • Meeker County: 1,074, 5 probable

  • Pope County: 481, 1 probable

  • Redwood County: 775, 5 probable

  • Renville County: 682, 26 probable

  • Stearns County: 11,983, 283 probable

  • Swift County: 494, 3 probable

  • Yellow Medicine County: 543, 23 probable

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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