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Stearns County reports half of confirmed COVID-19 cases in area on Monday, Kandiyohi County reports 10 new cases

There are 47 new cases of COVID-19 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune and no deaths reported in Monday's state report. Counties continue to vaccinate residents, with Big Stone County reporting 36 percent of its population has received at least one shot.

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WILLMAR — The 11-county area tracked by the West Central Tribune reported 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monday's state situation report. Stearns County reported the majority, with 26 new cases, with Kandiyohi County reporting another 10 positive cases.

There were no deaths in the region and only one new death statewide.

Yellow Medicine County reported three new cases and Chippewa and Redwood counties both had two cases. Big Stone, Meeker, Pope and Renville counties all had one new case. Lac qui Parle and Swift counties had no new cases.

Statewide there was 829 new cases reported, bringing the cumulative total to 498,218.



Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,468 of them are health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,747. Most of the deaths, 4,241, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,598 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: 528 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,392 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,898 cases; 78 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 701 cases; 17 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,103 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 846 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,495 cases; 34 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,548 cases; 41 deaths

  • Stearns County: 19,094 cases; 209 deaths

  • Swift County: 895 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 989 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public but is being provided to targeted groups.

As of Monday’s report, 1,260,771 people have received one dose and 724,692 have completed the vaccine series statewide. More people have now completed the vaccine series than the state's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The percent of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 36 percent of residents in Big Stone County to 21 percent in Meeker County. To date, 22 percent of residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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


  • Big Stone: 1,809

  • Chippewa: 3,033

  • Kandiyohi: 9,525

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,235

  • Meeker: 4,862

  • Pope: 3,023

  • Redwood: 3,686

  • Renville: 3,585

  • Stearns: 34,392

  • Swift: 2,604

  • Yellow Medicine: 2,991

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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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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