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Region reports 159 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths over the weekend

The 11 counties in the West Central Tribune coverage area reported 348 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths over the two-day weekend.

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WILLMAR — Minnesota reported 5,477 new COVID-19 cases and 127 deaths over the two-day weekend, according to information from the Department of Health released on both Saturday and Sunday Sunday.

The 11 counties in the West Central Tribune coverage area reported 339 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths during the two-day period.

Stearns County reported four deaths over the weekend, including an individual in the 60-64 age category, one in the 64-69 age category, another in the age 80-84 age category, and fourth in the 95-99 age category.

Kandiyohi County reported two deaths, an individual in the 80-84 age category and one in the 95-99 age category.

Meeker County two deaths, one person in the age 55-59 age category and another in the 70-74 age category.

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Renville County reported two deaths, an individual in the 85-89 age category and another in the 90-95 age category.

Lac qui Parle County reported the death of an individual in the 95-99 age category.

Redwood County reported the death of an individual in the 100 and over age category.

Stearns County reported 134 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing its total cases to 15,950 since the start of the pandemic.

Kandiyohi County reported 61 newly confirmed cases, bringing the county's total since the start of the pandemic to 5,168.

The two-day total in other area counties includes:

Renville County reported 27 newly confirmed cases, bringing its total to 1,186. Meeker County reported 27 new cases. Yellow Medicine County added 19 newly confirmed and one probable case. Redwood County reported 10 new cases. Swift County reported 13 new cases and one new probable case. Pope County reported six new cases and one probable. Chippewa County reported eight new cases and one probable new case. Lac qui Parle County reported 23 new cases and four probable new cases. Big Stone County reported three new cases.

Statewide there were 5,078 newly reported confirmed cases and 621 newly reported probable cases. Probable cases are based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

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The state's cumulative total is now 397,319, which includes 385,270 confirmed and 12,049 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 30,367 of them are health care workers.

The total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 is now 4,850, with 4,719 from confirmed cases and 131 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 3,149, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 4,015 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The current number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 among residents of area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 3
  • Chippewa County: 19
  • Kandiyohi County: 55
  • Lac qui Parle County: 13
  • Meeker County: 30
  • Pope County: 3
  • Redwood County: 26
  • Renville County: 37
  • Stearns County: 159
  • Swift County: 14
  • Yellow Medicine County: 14

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 369,912 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.
So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 5,199,011 completed tests, including 5,015,155 PCR tests and 183,856 antigen tests. And approximately 2,859,220 people have been tested since Jan. 20.

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.

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The number of COVID-19 cases, since the start of the pandemic, among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 411; 9 probable
  • Chippewa County: 1,182; 32 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 5,168; 46 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 523; 38 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,785; 22 probable
  • Pope County: 666; 5 probable
  • Redwood County: 1,240; 27 probable
  • Renville County: 1,186; 48 probable
  • Stearns County: 15,950; 472 probable
  • Swift County: 748; 22 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 786; 47 probable

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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