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West central Minnesota counties see jump in COVID-19 case numbers

There were 1,973 new cases of COVID and 10 deaths reported in Minnesota Thursday. Nearly all of the region's counties saw increases in the number of cases.

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WILLMAR — There were 120 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday in the region, including 23 additional cases in Kandiyohi County.

Statewide there were 1,973 new cases and 10 deaths.

Ten of the 11 west central Minnesota counties tracked by the West Central Tribune reported new cases Thursday. Stearns County had the most with 65 new cases. Meeker County had 15; Pope County reported four cases; Lac qui Parle, Redwood and Renville counties each had three new cases; Chippewa County had two and Big Stone and Swift counties each had one.

Yellow Medicine County was the sole county to not have any new cases.

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The state's cumulative number of cases is now 562,420.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 40,758 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,054. Most of the deaths, 4,343, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,807 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: 577 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,477 cases; 37 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,336 cases; 81 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 742 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,405 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,042 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,670 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,732 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 21,264 cases; 219 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,005 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,113 cases; 19 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Thursday’s report, 2,349,782 people have received at least one dose and 1,674,765 have completed the vaccine series statewide, approximately 53 percent of the eligible population of 16 years and up.

The percent of eligible people — those age 16 and over — who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 42 percent in Meeker County to 63 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 46 percent of eligible residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

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  • Big Stone: 2,574

  • Chippewa: 4,612

  • Kandiyohi: 15,223

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,978

  • Meeker: 7,616

  • Pope: 4,620

  • Redwood: 5,410

  • Renville: 5,694

  • Stearns: 58,343

  • Swift: 4,022

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,205

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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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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