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Stearns County reports one COVID-19 death as west central Minnesota adds 77 news cases on Wednesday

The region reported 77 new cases and one death from COVID-19 in Wednesday's state situation update. Vaccinations continue, with area counties reporting anywhere from 36 to 59 percent of its 16 and over population having received at least one shot.

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

WILLMAR — An individual in their late 70s from Stearns County has reportedly died from COVID-19, according to the state's daily situation report. The state reported 19 new deaths Wednesday.

The 11-county area added an additional 77 new cases of COVID-19, both confirmed and probable cases, to their totals. Stearns had the largest daily tally Wednesday with 26 cases and Yellow Medicine County had 13 overall. Pope County reported nine new cases while Meeker and Renville counties each had seven. Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties each had five, Redwood County had three and Big Stone County had two.

Lac qui Parle and Swift counties had no new cases in Wednesday's report.


The state added 2,004 new cases, bring its cumulative number of cases to 532,658


Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,642 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,908. Most of the deaths, 4,298, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,718 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: 554 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,432 cases; 36 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,129 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 728 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,237 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 973 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,605 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,642 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 20,261 cases; 212 deaths

  • Swift County: 962 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,072 cases; 18 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Wednesday’s report, 1,871,867 people have received one dose and 1,218,492 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

The percent of people age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 36 percent of residents in Meeker County to 59 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 41% of residents age 16 and over in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,393

  • Chippewa: 4,270

  • Kandiyohi: 13,557

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,826

  • Meeker: 6,534

  • Pope: 4,072

  • Redwood: 4,865

  • Renville: 5,115

  • Stearns: 48,362

  • Swift: 3,705

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,899

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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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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