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Kandiyohi County's COVID-19 cases tops 1,000 to date

Kandiyohi County has now topped 1,000 cases of COVID-19 and Stearns County has exceeded 4,000 cases as the pace of infection continues to rise in the region.

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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi has now experienced more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The county reported 27 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 1,011, according to Saturday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Stearns County reported 59 new cases and has now had a total of 4,010 to date. All of the other, nine west central counties bordering Kandiyohi County once again reported new cases, with Redwood County adding nine new cases; Renville adding eight new cases; Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties each seeing six new cases; Lac qui Parle County adding five, and Meeker adding four.

Statewide there were 1,478 new cases for a total of 95,659 with 10,116 of them being health care workers.

There were 10 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 for a current total of 2,004.

Most of the deaths, 1,444, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,601 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

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The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 85,259 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,954,715 completed tests of approximately 1,368,682 people 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 COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 82, up 1
  • Chippewa County: 214, up 6
  • Kandiyohi County: 1,011 up 27
  • Lac qui Parle County: 58, up 5
  • Meeker County: 202, up 4
  • Pope County: 94, up 2
  • Redwood County: 167, up 9
  • Renville County: 151, up 8
  • Stearns County: 4,010, up 59
  • Swift County: 138, up 1
  • Yellow Medicine County: 182, up 6

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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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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