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Eight west central Minnesota counties saw new COVID-19 cases in Friday report

Although the number of new cases of COVID-19 in individual counties was relatively low, eight of the 11 counties in the region reported additional cases Friday.

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

WILLMAR — Eight area counties saw increases in the number of new cases of COVID-19, but there were no new deaths reported in the 11-county area in Friday’s statewide report.

Stearns County reported 16 new cases overall; Kandiyohi County reported eight new cases; Renville County reported seven new cases; Pope County had six; Swift County had three new cases; and Big Stone, Chippewa and Meeker counties each reported one new case.

Lac qui Parle, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases.

Statewide there were 1,156 newly reported cases Friday.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 482,978.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,628 of them are health care workers.

There were 12 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Friday's state report, for a current total of 6,462 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,046, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,351 of the people who died were 70 or older.

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.

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: 513 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,358 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,782 cases; 74 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 682 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,066 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 799 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,464 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,487 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,711 cases; 200 deaths

  • Swift County: 876 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 976 cases; 17 deaths

The state now also reports vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday, the vaccine data webpage shows that 804,716 people have received one dose and 405,992 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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

  • Big Stone: 1,294

  • Chippewa: 2,200

  • Kandiyohi: 6,281

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,791

  • Meeker: 3,256

  • Pope: 2,219

  • Redwood: 2,483

  • Renville: 2,738

  • Stearns: 24,293

  • Swift: 1,726

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,300

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but there is a delay between a vaccine being given and when it is reported.
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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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