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Eight new COVID-related deaths in west central Minnesota, including one in their 30s

As cases continue to climb in the local region, so do reported deaths. In Wednesday's state update 8 new deaths were reported in the region, including an individual in their 30s in Stearns County.

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

WILLMAR — An individual in their late 30s from Stearns County was one of 77 new COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota, reported in Wednesday's state update.

Stearns County also reported three other deaths, including a person in their late 50s, one in their early 70s and one in their early 90s.

All totaled the region had eight total deaths with Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle and Meeker counties all reporting the death of an individual in their 80s, while Redwood County had one person in their early 90s die from the disease.


Confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases continue in local counties as well. Stearns continues to lead the area with 165 new confirmed cases and four probable. Kandiyohi County reported 30 new cases and two probable Wednesday while Meeker added another 35 confirmed cases.


Big Stone County reported one confirmed and four probable cases, Chippewa had 16 confirmed and one probable and Lac qui Parle added two confirmed cases. Pope County had seven new confirmed cases Wednesday, Redwood had 20 and Renville had 14. Swift County reported seven confirmed cases and two probable and Yellow Medicine County had eight confirmed cases.

Statewide there were 4,929 newly reported confirmed cases and 263 newly reported probable cases.

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

That brings the state's cumulative total to 327,477, which includes 320,301 confirmed and 7,176 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 23,731 of them are health care workers.

Total deaths in the state sits at 3,613 from confirmed cases and 79 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 2,474, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 3,035 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 286,219 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.


So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,326,347 completed tests, including 4,218,617 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 107,730 antigen tests. And approximately 2,556,743 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 COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 326, 7 probable
  • Chippewa County: 940, 10 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 4,289, 31 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 391, 7 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,375, 15 probable
  • Pope County: 562, 2 probable
  • Redwood County: 1,005, 12 probable
  • Renville County: 885, 42 probable
  • Stearns County: 13,967, 347 probable
  • Swift County: 603, 11 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 647, 29 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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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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