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Five new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County

Four area counties are reporting a handful of new cases of COVID-19 in the latest report Wednesday.

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WILLMAR β€” There were five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Wednesday's state report, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 475.

Chippewa County reported two new cases, Meeker County had one new case and Swift County had one new case.

Statewide there were 510 new cases reported for a total of 22,464 with 2,487 of them being health care workers.

There were 33 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, for a current total of 932.

The number of probable COVID-19 deaths has risen to 10 in Wednesday's report. The state counts probable deaths when COVID-19 was listed on the death certificate even though a positive test was not documented for the person.

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Most of the COVID deaths in the state, 759, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 768 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 598 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 260 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 16,314 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 216,532 completed tests 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 COVID-19 cases for area counties includes:

Big Stone County: 3

Chippewa County: 44

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Kandiyohi County: 475

Lac qui Parle County: 3

Meeker County: 44

Redwood County: 3

Renville County: 5

Stearns County: 1,984

Swift County: 17

Yellow Medicine County: 6

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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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