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Kandiyohi, Stearns report handful of new COVID cases as state approaches 22,000

The Minnesota Department of Health situation update for May 26 showed only a handful of new cases reported as of 4 p.m. on Memorial Day in the Willmar region.

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

WILLMAR — There were three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Tuesday's state report. bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 471.

Among surrounding counties, only Stearns County reported new cases — eight — in the latest report that reflects data collected as of 4 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Statewide there are 652 newly reported cases for a total of 21,960 with 2,427 of them being health care workers.

There were 18 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 899, including one death in Chippewa County of a person between the age of 40 and 49.

Most of the deaths, 732, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities.


Statewide, there are 570 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 258 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 15,523 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been nearly 210,000 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: 42

Kandiyohi County: 471, up 3


Lac qui Parle County: 3

Meeker County: 42

Redwood County: 3

Renville County: 5

Stearns County: 1,959, up 9

Swift County: 16

Yellow Medicine County: 6

County of residence is confirmed during the case interview, and the residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases.


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