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Nine area counties report COVID increases Sunday

Nine area counties see confirmed COVID case increases in Sunday's report.

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

WILLMAR — Confirmed COVID cases increased in nine area counties, according to Sunday's state situation update.

Stearns County lead the way with 29 newly confirmed cases. Other counties with increases are Chippewa with 4, Kandiyohi with 5, Lac qui Parle with 2, Meeker with 1, Redwood with 1, Renville added 4 and Yellow Medicine had 6.

Statewide there are 714 new cases for a total of 80,587 with 8,747 of them being health care workers.

There were 6 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,857.

Most of the deaths, 1,359, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,482 of the deaths were 70 years or older.


Statewide, there are 284 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 143 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 72,463 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,594,639 completed tests of approximately 1,188,293 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: 40
  • Chippewa County: 159
  • Kandiyohi County: 855
  • Lac qui Parle County: 23
  • Meeker County: 126
  • Pope County: 69
  • Redwood County: 76
  • Renville County: 98
  • Stearns County: 3,444
  • Swift County: 69
  • Yellow Medicine County: 115

(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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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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