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Rise in COVID cases increasing pace in region

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota continues to rise at a greater pace, with 88 new cases reported in the 11 west central counties including Kandiyohi and 1,191 new cases statewide.

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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi and its neighboring 10 counties in West Central Minnesota registered more than 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Friday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Stearns County reported 39 new cases. Kandiyohi and Swift County each reported 10 new cases. Other area counties saw single digit increases; all of the counties saw a rise.

Statewide there were 1,191 new cases for a total of 94,189 with 10,002 of them being health care workers.

There were six additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, including one in Renville County, for a current total of 1,994. The Renville County death reported was an individual between 85 and 89 years of age, bringing the county total to eight deaths.

Most of the deaths, 1,438, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,603 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

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The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 84,256 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,924,020 completed tests of approximately 1,351,156 people 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.

The current number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 81, up 5
  • Chippewa County: 208, up 2
  • Kandiyohi County: 982, up 10
  • Lac qui Parle County: 53, up 3
  • Meeker County: 198, up 4
  • Pope County: 97, up 5
  • Redwood County: 158, up 4
  • Renville County: 147, up 5
  • Stearns County: 3,950, up 41
  • Swift County: 137, up 10
  • Yellow Medicine County: 176, up 1

(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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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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