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One death and 45 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday in west central Minnesota

The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Minnesota continues to hold at a steady number while the number of COVID-19 vaccinations continues to increase.

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

WILLMAR — There were 45 new cases of COVID-19 and one death reported in the area, according to the Thursday state update.

The death was an individual in their late 70s from Stearns County.

Stearns County reported 22 new cases overall, Renville County had nine and Kandiyohi and Meeker counties each had five new cases. Lac qui Parle while Pope, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each reported one new case.

Three of the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune — Big Stone, Chippewa and Redwood — reported no new cases.

Statewide there were 949 newly reported cases overall.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 487,374.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,919 of them are health care workers.

There were 14 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,521 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,070, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,395 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: 516 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,367 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,801 cases; 74 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 686 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,079 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 808 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,470 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,512 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,774 cases; 202 deaths

  • Swift County: 879 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 977 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public but is being provided to targeted groups.

As of Thursday’s report, 948,127 people have received one dose and 500,188 have completed the vaccine series statewide.


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

  • Big Stone: 1,468

  • Chippewa: 2,543

  • Kandiyohi: 7,270

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,956

  • Meeker: 3,704

  • Pope: 2,639

  • Redwood: 2,876

  • Renville: 3,054

  • Stearns: 27,600

  • Swift: 2,006

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,603

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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