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Positive COVID-19 cases increase to 238 in Kandiyohi County

As the number of tests for COVID-19 increases, so does the number of confirmed cases in Kandiyohi County, which now stands at 238.

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

WILLMAR β€” Kandiyohi County now has 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's an increase of 27 from the previous 24 hours.

The new number was released in the 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.

Minnesota now has 9,365 positive cases, an increase of 786. Out of those positive cases, 1,205 are health care workers.

Other than Stearns County, which currently has 1,161 confirmed cases, and Meeker County with 18, most surrounding counties have remained in the single digits.

There were 23 reported deaths in Minnesota during the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 508. Most of the deaths, 407, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Approximately 82% of the fatalities were 70 years or older. The median age of those who have died from COVID-19 is 83.

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Kandiyohi County has had one reported death from COVID-19.

There are 435 COVID patients currently in hospitals with 182 of them being treated in ICUs.

Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 5,308 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to be isolated. Subtracting the 508 deaths that are included in that number, 4,800 people who tested positive have recovered.

The state has currently completed nearly 97,500 tests.

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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