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State COVID cases continue rise at over 1,000 per day pace

Stearns, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties all reported double-digit increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Kandiyohi continues to see a steady rise in cases, with 20 new cases in the latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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

WILLMAR — Minnesota continues to report more than a 1,000 new COVID-19 cases each day, with 1,120 new cases in Tuesday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state also experienced seven new deaths attributed to COVID-19, including one in Stearns County. The Stearns County victim was in the age 55 to 59 category.

Statewide there were 1,108 newly reported confirmed cases and 12 new probable cases.

Kandiyohi County had 20 confirmed cases and Stearns County had 64 new cases. Chippewa County reported 18 confirmed cases.

Meeker County saw five newly confirmed cases, Swift County three, and Yellow Medicine two. Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, and Renville counties each added one new case.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s report cases are classified as “confirmed” through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and cases that are deemed “probable” are determined through antigen testing.

The state's cumulative total of cases is now 125,531, which includes 125,215 confirmed cases and 316 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 12,711 of them are health care workers.

The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is at 2,246, which includes 2,235 deaths from confirmed cases and 11 probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 1,583, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,789 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 111,634 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 2,543,648 completed tests, including 2,522,999 polymerase chain reaction tests and 20,649 antigen tests. And approximately 1,699,949 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.

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

  • Big Stone County: 128

  • Chippewa County: 396, one probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 1,569, one probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 124

  • Meeker County: 311

  • Pope County: 148

  • Redwood County: 250

  • Renville County: 223, seven probable

  • Stearns County: 5,403, 40 probable

  • Swift County: 192

  • Yellow Medicine County: 266, one 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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