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Number of new daily COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota takes dip Tuesday as state surpasses 1M completing vaccine series

There was one new COVID-related death reported Tuesday in Minnesota and 1,278 new cases statewide. In this 11-county area, there were no deaths and 44 additional cases reported.

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

WILLMAR — There were no deaths and 54 new cases overall of COVID-19 reported Tuesday in the region.

Most of the new cases, 34, were reported in Stearns County. Kandiyohi County reported six new cases, Yellow Medicine County had five cases overall, and Meeker County had three additional cases. Pope, Redwood counties each had two cases and Lac qui Parle and Renville counties each had one new case.

Three counties — Big Stone, Chippewa and Swift — reported no new cases in the latest state update .

Statewide there were 1,278 newly reported cases overall.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 517,881.

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Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,182 of them have been among health care workers.

There was one new death reported in the state Tuesday.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,836. Most of the deaths, 4,272, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,661 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: 542cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,419 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,031 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 717 cases; 21 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,187 cases; 36 deaths

  • Pope County: 924 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,549 cases; 34 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,613 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 19,818 cases; 209 deaths

  • Swift County: 938 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,039 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Tuesday’s report, 1,637,771 people have received one dose and 1,003,316 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

The percent of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 33% of residents in Meeker County to 55% in Big Stone County. To date, 38% of residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Swift and Yellow Medicine counties are at 47 percent receiving at least one dose.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,212

  • Chippewa: 4,101

  • Kandiyohi: 12,763

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,728

  • Meeker: 5,957

  • Pope: 3,730

  • Redwood: 4,628

  • Renville: 4,774

  • Stearns: 42,442

  • Swift: 3,516

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,705

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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