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Three COVID-19 deaths reported in west central Minnesota, state's daily cases again top 1,000

Minnesota saw its number of COVID-19 cases move upward on Wednesday to 1,267. Kandiyohi and Meeker counties reported three deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi and Meeker counties reported three deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health in its Wednesday update.

Kandiyohi County experienced the loss of an individual in the 75-79 age category. Meeker County reported the death of an individual n the 75-79 age category and another in the 90-94 age category.

The state saw its number of COVID-19 cases rise back over 1,000 with 1,267 newly reported cases on Wednesday. The 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune reported 63 new cases.

Stearns County reported 36 new cases , and Kandiyohi County had six.

Meeker and Renville counties each had five new cases, Pope County had four, and Redwood County had two. Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties each had one.


There were 17 deaths reported Wednesday in Minnesota.


With the addition of 1,267 new cases Wednesday in Minnesota, the state's cumulative number of cases is now 582,576.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,675 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,191. Most of the deaths, 4,374, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,895 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: 593 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,513 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,472 cases; 82 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 749 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,501 cases; 40 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,080 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,708 cases; 36 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,780 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,901 cases; 220 deaths
  • Swift County: 1,039 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,135 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of the latest report, 2,598,871 people have received at least one dose and 2,007,668 have completed the vaccine series statewide.


According to the figures available Wednesday, the percentage of individuals age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 65%

  • Chippewa: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 48%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 44%

  • Pope: 54%

  • Redwood: 48%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 51%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56%

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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