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Kandiyohi County has its first confirmed death from COVID-19


WILLMAR — The first death from COVID-19 has been reported in Kandiyohi County.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported the death Tuesday morning in its daily situation update . There was no information immediately released about the individual who died.

The county now also has 64 confirmed positive cases of the disease, up from 39 reported Monday. The data reported each morning by the Minnesota Department of Health are current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.

The increase in cases comes following confirmed cases at Jennie-O Turkey Store and Bethesda Grand, a skilled nursing facility in Willmar.

The data reported Tuesday show Meeker County now has nine cases, also an increase. Other regional counties — Renville, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties — have all held steady with no increases over Monday's totals.


Statewide there are now 4,181 confirmed positive cases, an increase of 365 from Monday. Deaths increased by 15 to 301. The numbers are cumulative from Jan. 20.

Approximately 1,912 patients have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, data show.

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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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