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State COVID-19 cases continue to rise at over 700 a day, 8 new cases in Kandiyohi County

There were 717 new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday in Minnesota, with eight newly confirmed cases in Kandiyohi County and 20 newly reported cases attributed to Stearns County.

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WILLMAR — Minnesota reported 717 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as the state continues to see consecutive days with totals over 700.

There were eight newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Monday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health. It brings the county total to 779.

Stearns County reported 20 newly confirmed cases, while its total for patients residing in the county rose by 21. Newly confirmed cases and confirmed county of residence cases often do not match as residence is not confirmed until the case interview is completed.

Yellow Medicine County added five new cases and Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Redwood and Swift Counties each reported one new case.

Statewide there are now a total of 70,298 cases, with 7,789 of them being health care workers.

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In Monday's report, there were four additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 1,771.

Sunday's report included six new deaths, including a person between 70 and 74 years of age from Renville County and a person between 90 and 94 years of age in Yellow Medicine County.

Four of the six deaths reported Sunday were in long-term care or assisted living and three of the four reported Monday were.

Since the start of the pandemic, most of the deaths, 1,313, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities and 1,420 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

Statewide, there are 310 COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals, 135 of them being treated in ICUs.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 63,059 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 1,386,513 completed tests of approximately 1,067,810 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.

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

  • Big Stone County: 31
  • Chippewa County: 129
  • Kandiyohi County: 779, up 8
  • Lac qui Parle County: 13, up 1
  • Meeker County: 94, up 1
  • Pope County: 58, up 1
  • Redwood County: 47, up 1
  • Renville County: 72
  • Stearns County: 3,106, up 21
  • Swift County: 60, up 1
  • Yellow Medicine County: 66, up 5

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

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