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Lowest number of COVID cases and deaths in months reported Monday in the region and Minnesota

Following the weekend trend, there were just a handful of new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday in Minnesota. Statewide there were only two additional deaths Monday that were attributed to COVID.

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WILLMAR — The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths reported Monday in Minnesota are the lowest they’ve been in months.

Statewide there were just two deaths — both involving individuals from the metro area — and 727 new cases.

Those low numbers are also being seen in west central Minnesota, where there were a total of 28 new cases, with 15 of those cases reported in Stearns County.

Kandiyohi County had five new cases; Redwood County had three; Meeker and Pope counties each had two; and Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each had one case.

Big Stone, Chippewa, Renville counties had no new cases in Monday’s report.

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The state's cumulative total of new COVID cases is now at 462,528, including 36,532 that are healthcare workers.

The total number of deaths attributed to COVID in Minnesota is now at 6,202. Most of the deaths, 3,930, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,142 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: 471 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,337 cases; 33 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,639 cases; 73 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 665 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,028 cases; 33 deaths

  • Pope County: 755 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,429 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,403 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,260 cases; 193 deaths

  • Swift County: 863 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 955 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 Monday’s report, 441,922 people have received one dose and 116,248 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:

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  • Big Stone: 873

  • Chippewa: 1,161

  • Kandiyohi: 4,434

  • Lac qui Parle: 998

  • Meeker: 1,659

  • Pope: 1,273

  • Redwood: 1,203

  • Renville: 1,349

  • Stearns: 17,202

  • Swift: 930

  • Yellow Medicine: 1,403

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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