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Most west central Minnesota counties report new COVID-19 cases, with big jumps in Redwood and Stearns counties

In Saturday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health, the state reported more than 900 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirteen deaths were reported statewide. In west central Minnesota, more than 100 new cases were reported.

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

WILLMAR — Counties in west central Minnesota had 117 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Saturday's state report.

The largest figures were 44 new cases in Stearns County and 36 in Redwood County.

Most other counties in the area tracked by the West Central Tribune had new cases in the single digits — two cases in Lac qui Parle; four cases each in Chippewa, Pope and Yellow Medicine counties; five cases in Renville County; and six cases each in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Swift counties.

Big Stone County was the only one in the region not reporting any new cases in Saturday's report.

Statewide there are 924 new cases for a total of 88,721 with 9,515 of them being health care workers.


There were 13 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,963.

Most of the deaths, 1,422, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,566 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

Statewide, there are 241 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 134 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 80,407 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,815,774 completed tests of approximately 1,291,395 people 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 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 66
  • Chippewa County: 189, up 4
  • Kandiyohi County: 918, up 7
  • Lac qui Parle County: 43, up 2
  • Meeker County: 171, up 5
  • Pope County: 86, up 4
  • Redwood County: 129, up 36
  • Renville County: 125, up 5
  • Stearns County: 3,715, up 45
  • Swift County: 111, up 7
  • Yellow Medicine County: 148, up 4

(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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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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