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Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths increase in west central Minnesota

Over the weekend there were 20 COVID-related deaths in Minnesota, with four of them reported in west central Minnesota. Kandiyohi, Renville, Stearns and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one death over the two days. Area counties also reported increases in the number of confirmed COVID cases.

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

WILLMAR — West central Minnesota counties took a hit over the weekend with an increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and COVID-related deaths.

Based on information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, there were four deaths attributed to COVID-19 in area counties over the weekend, including one each in Kandiyohi, Renville, Stearns and Yellow Medicine.

The individual from Kandiyohi County was in the age range of 70-74, the individual from Renville County was 85-89 years of age, the Stearns County resident was in the age range of 80-84 and the Yellow Medicine County resident was in the age range of 90-94.

Statewide there were 20 deaths reported over the two days of weekend, bringing the current number of deaths in the state to 2,141. Most of the deaths in the state, 1,521, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,709 of the deaths have been among people 70 years or older.

There were a total of 2,987 new confirmed cases of COVID in Minnesota over the weekend, for a cumulative total of 112,268 with 11,551 of them being health care workers.


Several area counties saw significant increases in the number of cases in the Saturday and Sunday reports.

There were a total of five newly reported cases in Big Stone County, 22 in Chippewa, 57 in Kandiyohi, nine in Lac qui Parle, 12 in Meeker, seven in Pope, two in Redwood, 12 in Renville, 118 in Stearns, four in Swift and 12 in Yellow Medicine County.

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 as of Sunday, and the change from Saturday, among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 108, up 1

  • Chippewa County: 310, up 4

  • Kandiyohi County: 1,306, up 28

  • Lac qui Parle County: 104, up 4

  • Meeker County: 268, up 5

  • Pope County: 124, up 1

  • Redwood County: 214, up 2

  • Renville County: 206, up 3

  • Stearns County: 4,693, up 59

  • Swift County: 167, up 1

  • Yellow Medicine County: 244, up 6

(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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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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