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One death and 86 new cases of COVID-19 reported in west central Minnesota

There were 13 deaths and 1,661 new cases of COVID reported Thursday in Minnesota. One of those deaths occurred in Stearns County.

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

WILLMAR — There was one death and 86 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday in the 11-county region.

Stearns County reported the death of an individual in the 75-79 age range.


Stearns County reported 47 new cases, Meeker County had 12 and Kandiyohi County reported 10 new cases of COVID-19.

Other area counties reported single-digit daily case increases. Redwood County had six new cases, Pope County had four, Swift County had three, Renville County had two and Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties each had one new case.


Big Stone and Chippewa counties did not report any new cases

Statewide there were 13 deaths and 1,661 new cases of COVID.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 584,227.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,759 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,204. Most of the deaths, 4,376, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,900 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: 593 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,513 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,482 cases; 82 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 750 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,513 cases; 40 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,084 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,715 cases; 36 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,782 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,950 cases; 221 deaths
  • Swift County: 1,042 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,136 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of the latest report, 2,614,319 people have received at least one dose and 2,035,325 have completed the vaccine series statewide.


According to the figures available Thursday, the percentage of individuals age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 65%

  • Chippewa: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 48%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 44%

  • Pope: 54%

  • Redwood: 48%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 51%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56%

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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