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Kandiyohi County reports five new COVID cases and statewide death total is 1,026

There were five new cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County on Saturday, bringing the total in the county to 490. Statewide, the number of deaths is at 1,026.

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WILLMAR β€” The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Minnesota is now over 1,000.

In the latest report Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health indicates there were 30 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,026.

Statewide there are 660 new cases for a total of 24,190 with 2,646 of them being health care workers.

Locally, there were five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Saturday's state report, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 490.

Meeker County had one additional confirmed case, but there were no new cases reported in the other surrounding counties.

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According to the report, most of the deaths in the state, 837, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 842 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 589 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 263 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 17,864 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 242,508 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: 4

Chippewa County: 49

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Kandiyohi County: 490

Lac qui Parle County: 3

Meeker County: 45

Redwood County: 4

Renville County: 5

Stearns County: 2,014

Swift County: 18

Yellow Medicine County: 6

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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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