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Kandiyohi County COVID-19 cases increase by three, Stearns County by 51

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

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County now has 386 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3 reported the day before.

The new number was released in the 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.

Minnesota now has 13,435 positive cases, with 523 newly reported cases. Out of those positive cases, 1,605 are health care workers.

Statewide, there were 25 new reported deaths, bringing the total to 663. Most of the deaths, 537, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are nine probable COVID-19 deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed on the death certificate but a positive test was not documented for the person.

Stearns County now has 1,609 positive cases, an increase of 51 from Wednesday's report, Chippewa County increased by one case, totaling 27, Meeker County also increased by one case, totaling 24.


According to the report, other area counties did not see an increase, including Swift County with 10 cases, Big Stone County with two cases, Lac qui Parle County, which has two cases, Redwood County with three, Renville County with five and Yellow Medicine County with three cases.

Renville County's current report of five cases is down from six previously reported.

According to the situation update, county of residence is confirmed during the case interview. In addition to the potential lag in confirming residence, the department says cases may be removed for reasons such as discovery of a duplication or a false positive report.

There are 498 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 203 of them being treated in ICUs.

Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 9,136 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to be isolated. Subtracting the 663 deaths that are included in that number, 8,743 people who tested positive and no longer need to be isolated.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 128,752 completed tests since Jan. 20.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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