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Second day of 350+ new COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota in Wednesday state report, five new area deaths

Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Minnesota, according to Wednesday's daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune recorded more than 350 positive cases, and the state reported nearly 5,000. Five deaths were reported in the area

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WILLMAR — There were 57 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported in Kandiyohi County in Wednesday's state report with 56 new deaths reported statewide.

The death in Kandiyohi County was in the 75-79 age range.

Chippewa County reported two new deaths in the 85-89 age range, Redwood County reported one new death in the 90-94 age range and Stearns County reported three new deaths in the 65-69, 80-84 and 85-89 age ranges.

Stearns County recorded 185 confirmed cases; other area counties reported increases in single or double digits with exception of Big Stone County, which did not report any new cases in Wednesday's report. Meeker County reported 30 cases; Chippewa, 20 cases; Pope County, 16 cases; Redwood, 14 confirmed cases and one probable; Renville County, 12 cases; Swift County, nine cases; Lac qui Parle County, eight cases; and Yellow Medicine County, six cases.

Statewide there were 4,806 newly reported confirmed cases and 94 newly reported probable cases.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 194,570, which includes 192,910 confirmed and 1,660 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 16,636 of them are health care workers.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports how many cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and how many cases are deemed “probable” through antigen testing.

The 56 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 brings the current total for the state to 2,720 deaths from confirmed cases and 34 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 1,898, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,230 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 157,164 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,179,872 completed tests, including 3,135,996 PCR tests and 43,876 antigen tests. And approximately 2,032,318 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.


The current number of COVID-19 confirmed cases — and probable if any — among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 216; 1 probable
  • Chippewa County: 598; 2 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 2,347; 4 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 196
  • Meeker County: 576
  • Pope County: 274
  • Redwood County: 430; 2 probable
  • Renville County: 396; 7 probable
  • Stearns County: 8,514; 147 probable
  • Swift County: 328
  • Yellow Medicine County: 408; 4 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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