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Kandiyohi County reports 6 new COVID-19 cases; statewide total nears 20,000

In the Minnesota Department of Health daily report Saturday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kandiyohi County has increased to 449. Statewide, the total of confirmed cases is 19,845, an increase of 847 from the Friday report.

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

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County had 6 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Saturday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 449.

Statewide there are 847 new confirmed cases for a total of 19,845 with 2,287 of them being health care workers.

There were 10 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 852.

Most of the deaths, 697, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 700 of the deaths were people 70 years or older.

Statewide, 568 COVID patients are currently hospitalized, and 215 of them are being treated in ICUs.


The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 13,485 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 189,493 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: 39

Kandiyohi County: 449

Lac qui Parle County: 3


Meeker County: 43, up 2

Redwood County: 3

Renville County: 5

Stearns County: 1,918, up 37

Swift County: 15

Yellow Medicine County: 5

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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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