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More deaths and more COVID-19 cases reported in west central Minnesota

There were two more COVID-related deaths reported Tuesday in west central Minnesota and continued increases in the number of COVID-19 cases.

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

WILLMAR — There were more double-digit increases Tuesday in the number of COVID-19 cases and two more COVID-related deaths in west central Minnesota counties.

Statewide, there were 5,945 new cases and 26 deaths.

Redwood County reported the death of an individual in the 80-84 age range and in Renville County an individual in the 90-94 age range died from COVID.


Kandiyohi County continued its streak of a high number of cases, with 83 confirmed cases, bringing the county’s total to 2,868.


Stearns County reported 307 confirmed cases and five probable cases, bringing the county’s cumulative to 10,524.

Big Stone and Lac qui Parle counties each had two new cases, Chippewa County had 17, Meeker County had 33, Pope County had 15, Redwood County had 24, Renville County reported 17 new cases, Swift County had nine cases and Yellow Medicine had seven.

Of the 5,945 new cases reported statewide Tuesday, there were 5,770 confirmed cases and 175 newly reported probable cases.

The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

That brings the state's cumulative total of positive cases to 236,949, which includes 233,913 confirmed cases and 3,036 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 18,357 of them are health care workers.

So far in the state, 2,943 people have died from COVID, which includes 2,898 deaths from confirmed cases and 45 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 2,015, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,390 of the deaths were 70 years or older.


The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 186,680 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,506,178 completed tests, including 3,445,247 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 60,931 antigen tests. And approximately 2,188,157 people have been tested since Jan. 20.

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.

The current number of COVID-19 confirmed cases — and probable if any — among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 244; 1 probable

  • Chippewa County: 681; 2 probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 2,868; 5 probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 248

  • Meeker County: 797; 3 probable

  • Pope County: 389

  • Redwood County: 589; 2 probable

  • Renville County: 521; 10 probable

  • Stearns County: 10,318; 206 probable

  • Swift County: 412

  • Yellow Medicine County: 468; 4 probable

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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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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