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Mostly single-digit daily increases in COVID-19 cases reported in west central Minnesota counties

Statewide there were 998 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths. Most area counties reported single-digit increases in the number of new daily cases. There were no regional deaths.

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

WILLMAR — Most counties in the region reported just a handful of new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, which is in line with the statewide figures of fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Stearns County had the most cases in the 11-county area, with 23 newly reported COVID-19 cases.

Kandiyohi County had three new cases, Big Stone and Chippewa counties each had two and Meeker County and Redwood counties each had one.

Lac qui Parle, Pope, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicines counties did not report any new cases.

There were 11 deaths reported Tuesday in Minnesota. None were in this region.



With the addition of 998 new cases Tuesday in Minnesota, the state's cumulative number of cases is now 581,335.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,623 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,174. Most of the deaths, 4,371, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,883 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: 592 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,512 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,466 cases; 81 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 748 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,496 cases; 38 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,076 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,706 cases; 36 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,775 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,864 cases; 220 deaths
  • Swift County: 1,038 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,134 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Tuesday’s report, 2,589,206 people have received at least one dose and 1,991,815 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Tuesday, the percentage of individuals age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:


  • Big Stone: 65%

  • Chippewa: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 48%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 44%

  • Pope: 54%

  • Redwood: 48%

  • Renville: 51%

  • Stearns: 51%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 55%

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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