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Kandiyohi County reports five new cases of COVID-19

A handful of west central Minnesota counties reported single-digit increases in additional cases of COVID-19 in the latest report.

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WILLMAR — Area counties had single-digit increases in new COVID-19 cases in Tuesday's report.

Kandiyohi County had five newly confirmed cases, though its new total of 702 confirmed cases among patients who reside in the county is an increase of only four from Monday's report.

Newly confirmed cases reported each day by the Minnesota Department of Health and attributed to a particular county do not always match the number of confirmed cases in the separately reported list of the county of residence.

Residence is confirmed during the case interview and may lag reports of new positives, or corrections may be discovered if residence is determined to be elsewhere or if there is a false positive, for example.

Meeker County had one newly confirmed case in Tuesday's report, Renville County had two and Stearns County had one new case.

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The confirmed residence list, however, showed Renville County increased by one while Stearns increased by three. Chippewa County also increased by one in Tuesday's report.

Statewide there are 332 new cases for a total of 61,839 with 6,903 of them being health care workers.

There were six additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,666.

Most of the deaths, 1,251, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,333 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 337 COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals, 147 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 55,151 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,177,935 completed tests with 946,030 people tested 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.

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The current number of COVID-19 cases confirmed among people who reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 22

  • Chippewa County: 107, up 1

  • Kandiyohi County: 702, up 4

  • Lac qui Parle County: 8

  • Meeker County: 87, up 1

  • Pope County: 48

  • Redwood County: 36

  • Renville County: 66, up 1

  • Stearns County: 2,909, up 3

  • Swift County: 55

  • Yellow Medicine County: 52

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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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