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Most west central Minnesota counties report additional cases of COVID-19, one death reported in region

Statewide there were 1,715 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths, including a Stearns County individual. Kandiyohi County reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the latest report Wednesday.

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WILLMAR — New cases of COVID-19 were reported in 10 of the 11 area counties and there was one COVID-related death in the region, according to the latest report Wednesday.

Statewide there were 1,715 new cases and 16 deaths.

Stearns County, which reported the death of an individual in their early 90s, also had 51 new cases of COVID-19.

Yellow Medicine County reported seven new cases; Redwood County had six; Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties each have five; Meeker County had four; and Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Renville and Swift counties each had two newly reported cases of COVID-19.

Pope County did not report any new cases.

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The state's cumulative number of cases is now 547,101.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 40,158 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,978. Most of the deaths, 4,320, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,762 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: 556 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,442 cases; 36 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,226 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 734 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,303 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 994 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,648 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,691 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 20,738 cases; 218 deaths

  • Swift County: 980 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,098 cases; 19 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers.

As of Wednesday's report, 2,131,904 people have received one dose and 1,460,806 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

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The percent of people age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 39 percent of residents in Meeker County to 63 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 44 percent of residents in Kandiyohi County age 16 and over have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,561

  • Chippewa: 4,462

  • Kandiyohi: 14,584

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,952

  • Meeker: 7,146

  • Pope: 4,407

  • Redwood: 5,153

  • Renville: 5,524

  • Stearns: 53,877

  • Swift: 3,886

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,107

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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