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Kandiyohi County, several area counties report single-digit increases in new COVID cases

Kandiyohi County reported one new confirmed case of COVID-19. Single-digit increases were also reported in six other area counties.

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WILLMAR — There were single-digit increases of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in area counties in Tuesday's state report.

There was one new case in Kandiyohi County, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 677.

Chippewa County had one positive case, Pope County had two, Redwood County had two and Renville County had one.

Stearns County had nine new cases in Tuesday's report, but its number of confirmed cases among county residents rose by 11.

County of residence is confirmed during the case interview and there can be a lag between those confirmations and the number of newly reported cases attributed to a county — figures that are reported separately each day by the Minnesota Department of Health

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Swift County had one newly reported case Tuesday, but its confirmed cases among patients residing in the county was unchanged.

Statewide there are 606 new cases for a total of 57,162 with 6,506 of them being health care workers.

There were four additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,620.

Most of the deaths, 1,233, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 1,300 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 328 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 159 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 50,426 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,078,695 completed tests since Jan. 20, and the number of people tested during that time is approximately 872,111.

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 patients residing in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 22

  • Chippewa County: 99, up 1

  • Kandiyohi County: 677, up 1

  • Lac qui Parle County: 6

  • Meeker County: 83

  • Pope County: 45, up 2

  • Redwood County: 32, up 2

  • Renville County: 60, up 1

  • Stearns County: 2,842, up 11

  • Swift County: 52

  • Yellow Medicine County: 49

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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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