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COVID-19 numbers change little from week to week in west central Minnesota

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were little changed from a week ago, with 40 people in ICUs around the state and another 345 hospitalized.

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WILLMAR — Four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 459 cases were recorded in west central Minnesota, according to the weekly situation update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Neither number changed substantially since last week's report.

Between June 26 and July 2, a total of four deaths were reported in the area — one in Pope, one in Yellow Medicine and two in Stearns counties.

In June 2022, the department began providing a weekly situation update , replacing the daily updates that began in spring 2020. The updates are released each Thursday at 11 a.m. and include data received as of 4 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. When the report refers to numbers from last week, it refers to information gathered from Sunday through Saturday the week before the information is released.

In all cases, the numbers in the updates are preliminary and may change as more information is received. The case numbers include positive test results reported to the state. Results of home tests are not included in state reports.

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The seven-day moving average of new cases decreased during the week from 1,300 on June 26 to 1,264 on July 2.

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New cases reported the week of June 26 to July 2 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune:

  • Big Stone, 7
  • Chippewa, 15
  • Kandiyohi, 57
  • Lac qui Parle, 8
  • Meeker, 37
  • Pope, 9
  • Redwood, 23
  • Renville, 19
  • Stearns, 261
  • Swift, 8
  • Yellow Medicine, 15

The state's cumulative number of positive cases is now listed at 1,561,487, including reinfections. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test are considered to have a reinfection.
The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 12,837.

In a report of its response capacity to the pandemic, the Health Department reported July 5 that 40 people with COVID-19 were in ICUs across the state as of June 30, and 345 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized but not in an ICU. The hospitalizations

The state reports daily vaccine administration numbers. According to the July 5 report, 3,937,653 Minnesotans have received one dose, and 3,802,056 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of people listed as up-to-date with their vaccines, meaning they have had booster shots, is 1,696,056.

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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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