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Low COVID-19 numbers across west central Minnesota in Sunday's state report

There were only 40 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 11-county region in the state's daily update on Sunday. More than half of those, 26, came from Stearns County. There were no deaths reported in the region Sunday.

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

WILLMAR — Most of the counties in west central Minnesota had only single-digit reports of new cases of COVID-19, according to Sunday's state situation update. Several counties had no new cases.

Stearns County had 26 newly reported cases, with Meeker County reporting the next highest amount with eight. Kandiyohi County had three new cases while Big Stone, Chippewa and Swift counties each had one new case.

Adding no new cases on Sunday were Lac qui Parle, Pope, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties.

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Statewide there were 810 new COVID-19 cases. The state's cumulative number of cases is now 587,762. Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,896 of them have been among health care workers.

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There were seven new deaths reported on Sunday, six younger than 70 years of age. The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,231. The majority of the deaths, 4,378, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,911 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The information was included in the latest daily situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health , 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: 598 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,516 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,506 cases; 83 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 750 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,537 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,091 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,726 cases; 36 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,786 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,077 cases; 221 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,048 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,138 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Sunday’s report, 2,651,747 people have received at least one dose and 2,140,832 have completed the vaccine series statewide. That is approximately 60 percent of the eligible population of those 16 and older.

According to the figures available Sunday, the percentage of eligible people — age 16 and over — who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 66%

  • Chippewa: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 49%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 45%

  • Pope: 54%

  • Redwood: 49%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 52%

  • Swift: 56%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56%

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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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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