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Two COVID-19 deaths in Kandiyohi County, 1 each in Meeker, Redwood, Renville and Stearns counties

West central Minnesota continues to see COVID-19 deaths and cases as the fall surge remains throughout the state.

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

WILLMAR — Six older individuals reportedly died from COVID-19 in west central Minnesota, according to the daily situation updated Saturday from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Two individuals in their early 80s died in Kandiyohi County. A person in their early 70s died in Meeker County. Redwood County lost one resident in their early 80s, Renville County reported the death of an individual in their upper 90s and Stearns County also saw the death of an individual in their early 80s.

In addition to the deaths, counties in the region continue to add confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

The highest new counts came from Stearns County with 101 confirmed and eight probable cases and Kandiyohi County with 69 new confirmed cases and one probable case.

Other new cases were five confirmed in Big Stone, 12 confirmed and one probable in Chippewa and eight confirmed and 10 probable in Lac qui Parle.


Meeker County added 23 confirmed cases as Pope County added six confirmed cases.

Redwood County had six new confirmed cases and one probable and Renville County reported 20 new confirmed cases. Swift County had nine new confirmed cases and Yellow Medicine County had three new confirmed cases and one probable.

Statewide there were 4,098 newly reported confirmed cases and 349 newly reported probable cases. Probable cases are based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 375,398, which includes 365,360 confirmed and 10,038 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 28,052 of them are health care workers.

There were 67 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Saturday's report, for a current total of 4,251 deaths from confirmed cases and 108 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths, 2,856, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 3,594 of the deaths were 70 years or older.


The current number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 among residents of area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 2
  • Chippewa County: 17
  • Kandiyohi County: 44
  • Lac qui Parle County: 5
  • Meeker County: 22
  • Pope County: 3
  • Redwood County: 22
  • Renville County: 33
  • Stearns County: 142
  • Swift County: 13
  • Yellow Medicine County: 13

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 335,258 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.
So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 4,840,190 completed tests, including 4,691,759 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 148,431 antigen tests. And approximately 2,743,864 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 number of COVID-19 cases, since the start of the pandemic, among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 385; 9 probable
  • Chippewa County: 1,086; 18 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 4,949; 41 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 485; 27 probable
  • Meeker County: 1,705; 22 probable
  • Pope County: 629; 4 probable
  • Redwood County: 1,156; 21 probable
  • Renville County: 1,125; 44 probable
  • Stearns County: 15,421; 433 probable
  • Swift County: 714; 19 probable
  • Yellow Medicine County: 744; 39 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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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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