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Seven west central Minnesota counties saw new COVID-19 cases in Sunday report, one death

Although the number of new cases of COVID-19 in individual counties was relatively low, seven of the 11 counties in the region reported additional cases Sunday. There was one new death in Stearns County.

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

WILLMAR — Seven area counties saw increases in the number of new cases of COVID-19 and one new death in the 11-county area in Sunday’s statewide report.

Stearns County reported 20 new cases overall; Kandiyohi County reported six new cases; Chippewa County reported four new cases; Renville County reported three new cases; Redwood County report two new cases; Swift and Lac qui Parle counties each reported one new case.

Big Stone, Pope, Meeker and Yellow Medicine counties all reported no new cases.

The death in Stearns County was in the 95-99 age range.

There were 813 newly reported cases Saturday statewide in Minnesota



That brings the state's cumulative total to 484,594.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,768 of them are health care workers.

There were eight additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Sunday's state report, for a current total of 6,483 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,055, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,366 of the people who died were 70 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: 5,790 cases; 74 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 683 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,069 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 802 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,467 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,493 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,714 cases; 201 deaths

  • Swift County: 880 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 976 cases; 17 deaths

The state now also reports vaccine administration numbers. As of Sunday, the vaccine data webpage shows that 878,346 people have received one dose and 452,562 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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


  • Big Stone: 1,417

  • Chippewa: 2,412

  • Kandiyohi: 7,117

  • Lac qui Parle: 1,877

  • Meeker: 3,592

  • Pope: 2,428

  • Redwood: 2,778

  • Renville: 2,998

  • Stearns: 25,923

  • Swift: 1,920

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,534

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but there is a delay between a vaccine being given and when it is reported.
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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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