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Sunday's COVID report shows increase of cases in local area, one death in Stearns County

Cases of COVID-19 continue to grow across the region. In Sunday's report, Stearns County had one confirmed COVID-19 death.

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

WILLMAR — Stearns County reported the death of an individual in their early 60s in Sunday's state COVID report.

The county also added 90 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Kandiyohi County adding an additional 30 positive cases. Stearns also had two probable cases.

Redwood County had another 13 cases, Chippewa County added eight and Swift had seven. Other local counties had additional positive cases in the low single digits in Sunday's report.

Statewide there were 1,732 newly reported confirmed cases and 17 newly reported probable cases.

That brings the state's cumulative total to 122,812, which includes 122,524 confirmed and 288 probable cases.


Of the cumulative number of cases, 12,423 of them are health care workers.

There were 17 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 2,234 deaths from confirmed cases and 10 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 1,574, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,780 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 108,316 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 2,509,734 completed tests, including 2,489,218 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 20,516 antigen tests. And approximately 1,681,318 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.

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

  • Big Stone County: 127
  • Chippewa County: 373
  • Kandiyohi County: 1,519
  • Lac qui Parle County: 122
  • Meeker County: 304
  • Pope County: 142
  • Redwood County: 248
  • Renville County: 225
  • Stearns County: 5,255
  • Swift County: 191
  • Yellow Medicine County: 265

(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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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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