Despite drop in statewide COVID cases, numbers are still high

Friday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health indicates a drop of more than 1,600 cases from the day before, but the total is still high, including in west central Minnesota counties. Kandiyohi County reported 54 new cases. There were 331 in Stearns County.

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WILLMAR – The state saw a significant drop in the number of positive COVID-19 cases Friday, even though the total number is still high.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were a total of 5,552 cases in the state in the Friday report, including 5,339 confirmed cases and 213 probable cases.

On Thursday the state reported a single-day record of 7,228 cases.

Locally, Kandiyohi County reported 54 confirmed cases, Meeker County had 25 and Pope and Redwood counties each had 14 cases and Renville County had 12.

Other area counties had single-digit cases including seven in Big Stone County, eight in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties and five in Swift County.


Stearns County has consistently had the largest number of cases in this region with 331 positive cases and nine probable cases reported Friday. The high number may be linked to a report that about half of the inmates in the state prison there have been infected.

The state’s new cumulative number of cases is 207,339, with 17,084 being health care workers.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.

There were 46 deaths related to COVID. The only death in this region was in Stearns County, which involved an individual in the 85-89 age range.

The current total for the state is 2,839, with 2,802 deaths from confirmed COVID cases and 37 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 1,954, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,304 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 161,756 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,304,436 completed tests, including 3,251,551 PCR tests and 52,885 antigen tests. And approximately 2,093,262 people have been tested since Jan. 20.


A list of congregate care facilities that have reported an exposure from a case of COVID-19 in a resident, staff person or visiting provider is updated every Friday.

Area facilities currently on the list include Fairway View in Big Stone County; Avera Granite Falls Care Center, Brookside Senior Living and Luther Haven in Chippewa County; Bethesda Grand, Carris Health – Care Center & Therapy Suites, Copperleaf Senior Living, GlenOaks Senior Living Campus and GlenOaks Senior Living Campus Assisted Living. all in Kandiyohi County; Augustana Care Lakeside Campus, Garden View at Hilltop, Hilltop Health Care Center and Meeker Manor Rehab Center LLC in Meeker County; Glenwood Village Care Center, Holly Ridge Manor by Minnewaska Community Health Service and Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Pope County; Gil-Mor Manor, Parkview Home and Valley View Manor in Redwood County; Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center, Fairfax Community Home, Franklin Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Prairie View Assisted Living, RenVilla Health Center and Westview Estates Assisted Living in Renville County; Assumption Court, Assumption Home, Belgrade Nursing Home, CentraCare - Chateau Waters, CentraCare Health Paynesville, CentraCare Sauk Centre, CentraCare Melrose, Cherrywood Advanced Living, Fairway Pines Senior Living, John Paul Apartments, Mother of Mercy Senior Living, Serenity Place on 7th, Serenity Village at Avon, Skylight Gardens, St. Benedict’s Senior Community Therapy Suites, ST. Cloud VA – Community Living Center, Sterling Park, Sterling Park Health Care Center, The Sanctuary at St. Cloud and Woodcrest of Country Manor in Stearns County; Apple Ridge Assisted Living, Appleton Area Health Care Center, Meadow Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and Scandi Haven Village in Swift County; and Sanford Health Sylvan Court in Yellow Medicine County.

Facilities that have not reported a new exposure for a minimum of 28 days will be removed from the list.

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 COVID-19 confirmed cases — and probable if any — among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 224; 1 probable

  • Chippewa County: 618; 2 probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 2,471; 5 probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 217

  • Meeker County: 646; 2 probable

  • Pope County: 316

  • Redwood County: 466; 2 probable

  • Renville County: 440; 7 probable

  • Stearns County: 9,191; 174 probable

  • Swift County: 357

  • Yellow Medicine County: 426; 4 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 or 320-894-9750
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