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Number of COVID cases continues downward trend with 45 new cases in region Saturday

There were three deaths and 882 new cases of COVID reported Saturday in Minnesota. Counties in west central Minnesota reported 45 new cases but no COVID-related deaths.

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

WILLMAR — There were 45 new cases of COVID-19 reported Saturday in the region, reflecting a downward trend being seen statewide.

According to the latest report there were three deaths in Minnesota and 882 new cases. None of those deaths occurred in the 11-county area.

Stearns County reported 27 new cases and Kandiyohi County had six.

Swift County had four, Meeker County had three, Pope and Renville counties each had two new cases and Chippewa County had one.

Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties did not report any new cases

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The state's cumulative number of cases is now 593,622.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,183 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,286. Most of the deaths, 4,388, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,950 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.

  • Big Stone County: 600 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,523 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,562 cases; 83 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 753 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,566 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,105 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,743 cases; 37 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,803 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,266 cases; 221 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,056 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,141 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Saturday’s report, 2,707,414 people have received one dose and 2,294,000 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Saturday, 61% of the state’s population over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The percentage in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 66%

  • Chippewa: 52%

  • Kandiyohi: 50%

  • Lac qui Parle: 56%

  • Meeker: 46%

  • Pope: 55%

  • Redwood: 50%

  • Renville: 53%

  • Stearns: 53%

  • Swift: 56%

  • Yellow Medicine: 57%

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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