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Local region adds 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

In Saturday's state COVID-19 situation report, there were 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 11-county local area and no deaths.

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

WILLMAR — The largest increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday came from Stearns County with 21 new cases, about half of the new cases in the 11-county area. Kandiyohi and Renville counties each added five newly confirmed cases, while Renville County also had three probable cases and Kandiyohi County one probable case.

Meeker and Redwood counties each added three new confirmed cases while Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties had one new case each. Pope and Swift counties had no new cases.

Statewide there were 884 newly reported cases overall.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 478,157.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,432 of them are health care workers.

There were 11 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,423 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,034, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,322 of the deaths were 70 years 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: 506 cases; 3 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,355 cases; 35 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,748 cases; 74 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 677 cases; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,050 cases; 34 deaths
  • Pope County: 785 cases; 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,457 cases; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,467 cases; 40 deaths
  • Stearns County: 18,615 cases; 200 deaths
  • Swift County: 871 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 972 cases; 17 deaths

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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