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Slight rise in COVID cases in five west central Minnesota counties

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WILLMAR — Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, rose slightly in several regional counties, according to Wednesday's state report.

There were eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County, bringing the total confirmed cases among residents of the county to 534.

Big Stone, Chippewa, Meeker and Yellow Medicine counties all added one new case to their totals.

Statewide there are 352 new cases for a total of 28,869 with 3,034 of them being health care workers.

There were 19 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,236.


Most of the deaths, 984, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 1,011 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 427 COVID patients currently in hospitals, 193 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 24,675 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 369,795 completed tests 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 confirmed COVID-19 cases for area counties includes:

Big Stone County: 13

Chippewa County: 54


Kandiyohi County: 534

Lac qui Parle County: 3

Meeker County: 47

Pope County: 10

Redwood County: 8

Renville County: 8

Stearns County: 2,081

Swift County: 19


Yellow Medicine County: 8

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.

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