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Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths reported in west central Minnesota last week

Statewide, about 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health last week. The state's death toll from the pandemic surpassed 13,000 in the past week. The number of cases is probably much higher, because cases identified by a positive home test are not reported to the state.

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WILLMAR — Nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases were reported in west central Minnesota last week, and zero deaths related to the coronavirus, according to the weekly situation update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Of the 691 new cases reported, Stearns County accounted for 380 of them. The state's figures are an undercount, as at-home test results are not reported to the state.

The number of new cases in the area is about 80 higher than last week's report.

Kandiyohi County reported 70 new cases, and Meeker County reported another 43.

The remaining eight counties followed by the West Central Tribune account for the remaining 198 new cases.


The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 13,014, an increase of 36 from last week's report.

In June 2022, the department began providing a weekly situation update , replacing the daily updates that began in spring 2020. The updates are released each Thursday at 11 a.m. and include data received as of 4 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. When the report refers to numbers from last week, it refers to information gathered from Sunday through Saturday the week before the information is released.

In all cases, the state's numbers are preliminary and may change as more information is received.

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New cases reported the week of July 31 to Aug. 6 in the 11 counties tracked by the Tribune:

  • Big Stone, 24
  • Chippewa, 22
  • Kandiyohi, 70
  • Lac qui Parle, 13
  • Meeker, 43
  • Pope, 28
  • Redwood, 33
  • Renville, 36
  • Stearns, 380
  • Swift, 18
  • Yellow Medicine, 24

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 1,611,246, including reinfections. That's about 10,000 more new cases in the last week. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test are considered to have a reinfection.
The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Aug. 10, 3,968,043 Minnesotans have received at least one dose, and 3,744,469 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of people listed as being up-to-date with their vaccines, meaning they have had booster shots, is 1,760,631.

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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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