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Three COVID-19 deaths and triple-digit case numbers reported in west central Minnesota

Renville County and Stearns County reported COVID-related deaths Monday while neighboring counties continued to see increases in the number of cases.

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

WILLMAR — Although the total number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths in Minnesota showed a decline Monday, the numbers in west central Minnesota remain high.

According to the latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health, three of the 15 deaths were from this area, including two from Renville County and one from Stearns County.

The deaths in Renville County involved individuals in the 60-64 age category and the 80-84 age range. There are now 29 deaths attributed to COVID in Renville County.


The Stearns County death involved an individual who was 100 years of age or older, bringing the total number of deaths there to 117.


Five of the 15 statewide deaths happened in long-term care facilities and 10 were in private residences.

There were 5,801 new cases reported in the state, including 5,493 confirmed cases and 308 probable cases. The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

Monday’s report included double-digit and triple-digit numbers of new cases in the 11 area counties tracked by the West Central Tribune.

Stearns County had 233 confirmed cases and five probable cases and Kandiyohi County had 122 confirmed cases.

Meeker County had 39 confirmed cases and one probable, Redwood County had 30 confirmed cases and two probable cases, Renville County had 28 confirmed cases and three probable, Chippewa County had 22 confirmed cases and five probable, Yellow Medicine County reported 16 confirmed cases and one probable and Swift County had 15 confirmed cases and one probable, Pope County had 11 confirmed cases, Lac qui Parle County had nine cases and Big Stone County had four confirmed cases and two probable cases.

The state's cumulative number of cases is 318,763, which includes 312,093 confirmed and 6,670 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 22,947 of them are health care workers.

The current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 3,593, with a total of 3,521 deaths from confirmed cases and 72 from probable cases.


Most of the deaths, 2,413, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,951 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 272,608 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,262,806 completed tests, including 4,156,622 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 104,184 antigen tests. And approximately 2,529,673 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: 321; three probable

  • Chippewa County: 905; nine probable

  • Kandiyohi County: 4,178; 27 probable

  • Lac qui Parle County: 381; five probable

  • Meeker County: 1,314; 14 probable

  • Pope County: 551; two probable

  • Redwood County: 969; 10 probable

  • Renville County: 851; 44 probable

  • Stearns County: 13,643; 333 probable

  • Swift County: 590; nine probable

  • Yellow Medicine County: 636; 29 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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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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