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Only 22 new COVID cases reported Monday in west central Minnesota counties

New COVID-19 cases in the 11-county area totaled 22 overall on Monday, according to the state situation report. There were no deaths in the region.

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

WILLMAR — None of the 11 counties in the region being followed by the West Central Tribune reported more than nine new COVID-19 cases overall on Monday, with several reporting no new cases at all. The case count is from the daily Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 situation report.

Stearns County had the most with nine new cases, and Meeker County reported four new cases. Kandiyohi and Redwood counties each had three new cases, Renville County had two and Lac qui Parle County had one. Big Stone, Chippewa, Pope, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases.

There were no deaths reported in the region.

Statewide there were 636 newly reported cases overall.



That brings the state's cumulative total to 485,230.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,811 of them have been among health care workers.

There were three additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,486 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,057, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,368 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

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.

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: 1,363 cases; 35 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,794 cases; 74 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 683 cases; 16 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,074 cases; 34 deaths
  • Pope County: 802 cases; 5 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,470 cases; 27 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,495 cases; 40 deaths
  • Stearns County: 18,723 cases; 201 deaths
  • Swift County: 879 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 976 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public.

As of Monday’s report, 902,242 people have received one dose and 467,300 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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


  • Big Stone: 1,453

  • Chippewa: 2,519

  • Kandiyohi: 7,189

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,864

  • Meeker: 3,633

  • Pope: 2,490

  • Redwood: 2,845

  • Renville: 3,006

  • Stearns: 26,144

  • Swift: 1,976

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,587

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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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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