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Latest COVID report shows 32 new cases but no COVID-related deaths in west central Minnesota

Other than Stearns County, which reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, area counties are reporting single-digit increases in the number of new cases reported per day. There were no new deaths reported in the 11-county area.

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

WILLMAR — There were 32 new cases of COVID-19, but no new deaths, reported in west central Minnesota in the latest report released Thursday.

Stearns County reported 18 new cases overall, Kandiyohi County reported six, Renville County had four, Meeker County reported two and Pope and Swift counties each had one new case.

Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases.

Statewide there were 14 deaths and 928 newly reported cases.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 476,292.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,345 of them are health care workers.

The state has a current total of 6,404 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,027, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,306 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

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.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties and the number of deaths includes:

  • Big Stone County: 498 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,354 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,735 cases; 74 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 675 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,045 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 785 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,451 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,456 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,577 cases; 199 deaths

  • Swift County: 870 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 967 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public.

As of Thursday’s report, 710,305 people have received one dose and 264,122 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Thursday, the number of individuals who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:


  • Big Stone: 1,254

  • Chippewa: 1,877

  • Kandiyohi: 5,701

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,476

  • Meeker: 2,941

  • Pope: 1,975

  • Redwood: 2,240

  • Renville: 2,327

  • Stearns: 22,064

  • Swift: 1,615

  • Yellow Medicine: 1,943

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.
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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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