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Minnesota Department of Health reports 188 postive cases of COVID-19 in Kandiyohi County


WILLMAR — Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Kandiyohi County are still rising, with the Minnesota Department of Health reporting 188 cases in the county, as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

The new total was reported in the daily situation update which MDH releases at 11 a.m. daily.

The new total is an increase of 12 cases over Sunday's reported total, which was current as of 4 p.m. Saturday. There is still only one reported death, a former resident of Bethesda Grand.

Bethesda Grand, a skilled nursing facility in Willmar, which as of Monday has reported a total of five positive cases of COVID-19, four staff members and the one resident, is now listed by the Minnesota Department of Health as a congregate care facility with exposure. It joins Meeker Manor Rehab Center as the only regional facilities listed.

Meeker County also saw a slight increase in positive cases, up to 17, an increase of two from Sunday. Other surrounding counties remain in the low single digits, though Renville County now has five positive cases and Chippewa County has three. Lac qui Parle (2), Swift (2) and Yellow Medicine (3) have not reported an increase in cases for several days.


Stearns County continues to see significant increases in positive cases, which now total 728. That is third highest in the state, behind Hennepin and Nobles counties.

Statewide, there are now 7,234 confirmed positive cases. This follows the increase in testing, with 85,941 tests completed since Jan. 20. The median age for all positive cases is 47 but range from less than a month old to 109.

There have now been 428 deaths, with nine newly reported fatalities over Sunday's total. The median age is 83.

Out of those confirmed positive cases, 4,212 no longer need to isolate. According to the Department of Health that number does include those who have died.

As of Sunday afternoon, there were 396 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, with 166 of those requiring ICU care.

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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