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State reports over 2,000 COVID-19 again; area reports 138

There were 138 new COVID-19 cases and one death reported in the 11-county area tracked by the West Central Tribune on Saturday. Lac qui Parle County experienced the loss of an individual in the 90-94 age category. Due to the Easter holiday, the department did not provide an update on Sunday.

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WILLMAR — Minnesota saw its numbers of COVID-19 cases remain above the 2,000 threshold with 2,075 new cases reported on Saturday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state reported 11 new deaths.

There were 138 new COVID-19 cases reported in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune and one death, according to the department's update. Lac qui Parle Country reported the loss of an individual in the age 90-94 category.

Due to the Easter holiday, the Department did not provide a Sunday update.

In the Saturday report, Stearns County reported 83 new cases and Kandiyohi County followed with 13 new cases.


Meeker County reported 11 new cases; Redwood County reported nine new cases; Pope County reported seven new cases; Swift County reported four new cases; Big Stone, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties each reported three new cases; Chippewa County reported two new cases. Renville County reported no new cases.

The state's daily report of 2,075 new cases brings the cumulative number since the pandemic began to 526,267.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,434 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,875. Most of the deaths, 4,286, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,690 of the people who died were 70 or older.

The information was included in the latest daily situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health , 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: 549 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,424 cases; 36 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,096 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 727 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,219 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 953 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,590 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,627 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 20,107 cases; 209 deaths

  • Swift County: 959 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,051 cases; 18 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Saturday’s report, 1,770,290 people have received at least one dose and 1,129,863 have completed the vaccine series statewide.


Yellow Medicine County has now joined the counties in which at least 50 percent of the population over age 16 — the currently eligible group — has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Big Stone leads this region with 59 percent of its population over age 16 having received at least one dose. Kandiyohi County reports that 40 percent of the eligible population has received at least one dose.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,385

  • Chippewa: 4,247

  • Kandiyohi: 13,319

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,796

  • Meeker: 6,262

  • Pope: 3,940

  • Redwood: 4,811

  • Renville: 5,024

  • Stearns: 45,667

  • Swift: 3,672

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,871

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. daily, but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.
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