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Low local increases in new COVID cases

There were only 45 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local region, 31 of them from Stearns County. There were no deaths reported in the area in Monday's state report.

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

WILLMAR — Ten of the 11 local counties being followed by the Tribune in regards to the spread of COVID-19 reported only minimal new cases in Monday's state report. Stearns County was the only one to report a double-digit increase, with 31 new confirmed cases and three probable cases.

Kandiyohi and Swift counties each had three confirmed cases while Meeker and Yellow Medicine counties each reported two new confirmed cases. Big Stone, Pope, Redwood and Renville counties each had one new confirmed case while Lac qui Parle County had no new cases. Chippewa County had no confirmed cases on Monday, but did report a single probable case.

There were no deaths reported in the local region.

Statewide there were 881 newly reported confirmed cases and 99 newly reported probable cases for a total of 980 cases. Probable cases are based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 447,349, which includes 429,392 confirmed and 17,957 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 34,894 of them are health care workers.

There were 12 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 5,721 deaths from confirmed cases and 218 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 3,786, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 4,927 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: 446 confirmed, 10 probable; 3 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,273 confirmed, 37 probable; 32 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,482 confirmed, 54 probable; 71 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 602 confirmed, 55 probable; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 1,964 confirmed, 30 probable; 33 deaths
  • Pope County: 728 confirmed, 10 probable, 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,364 confirmed, 32 probable; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,321 confirmed, 51 probable; 39 deaths
  • Stearns County: 17,241 confirmed, 606 probable; 187 deaths
  • Swift County: 811 confirmed, 23 probable, 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 868 confirmed, 69 probable, 14 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public. Health care workers and long-term care facility residents are the priority populations currently.

As of Monday’s report, 194,462 people have received one dose and 38,025 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.


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

  • Big Stone: 475

  • Chippewa: 597

  • Kandiyohi: 1,496

  • Lac qui Parle: 454

  • Meeker: 686

  • Pope: 625

  • Redwood: 511

  • Renville: 877

  • Stearns: 4,779

  • Swift: 395

  • Yellow Medicine: 781

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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