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Kandiyohi County adds 11 new COVID-19 cases in Friday state report; state adds 738 new cases and 8 deaths

A total of 23 new COVID-19 cases were reported in area counties in Friday's state report. Eleven of those were in Kandiyohi County.

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WILLMAR — There were 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Friday's state report, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 725.

Other area counties reported single-digit increases: seven in Stearns, three in Chippewa, one in Meeker and one in Swift.

Statewide there are 738 new cases for a total of 63,723 with 7,112 of them being health care workers.

There were 8 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,693.

Most of the deaths, 1,269, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 1353 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

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The Minnesota Department of Health reports the following area congregate-care facilities with COVID exposures: Brookside Senior Living in Chippewa County; Bethesda Grand, Copperleaf Senior Living and Sunrise Village in Kandiyohi County; and CentraCare Health Sauk Centre in Stearns County.

Facilities on the list have reported that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has either visited, worked or lived at the facility while they were contagious.

Statewide, there are 313 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 152 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 56,659 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,219,816 completed tests since Jan. 20, and 973,546 people have been tested.

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: 25

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Chippewa County: 119, up 3

Kandiyohi County: 725, up 11

Lac qui Parle County: 9

Meeker County: 88, up 1

Pope County: 48

Redwood County: 37

Renville County: 67

Stearns County: 2,935, up 7

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Swift County: 57, up 1

Yellow Medicine County: 53

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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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