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West central Minnesota COVID-19 cases keep rising

The local region tracked by the West Central Tribune added another 242 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to its ever growing total reported Monday, along with the death of one individual in Stearns County.

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

WILLMAR β€” Counties across the region continue to report high levels of coronavirus infection. Yellow Medicine County now has 400 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, according to Monday's state report, while new cases continue to be reported in all the counties tracked by the West Central Tribune.

Stearns County continues to lead the way with 174 confirmed positive cases, along with 32 probable cases. The county also reported another death, an individual in the 85-89 age range.

Meeker County had 22 newly confirmed cases, the second largest tally in the area in Monday's report.

There were 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, plus one probable case, reported in Kandiyohi County.

Big Stone added one new case, Chippewa County reported five, Lac que Parle had three and Pope reported two. Redwood County reported four newly confirmed cases, and Renville County reported nine, Swift added one and Yellow Medicine reported five.


Statewide there were 3,762 newly reported confirmed cases and 168 newly reported probable cases.

The state recently began reporting probable cases based on antigen testing. Confirmed cases are based on polymerase chain reaction tests.

That brings the state's cumulative total to 184,788, which includes 183,284 confirmed and 1,504 probable cases.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 16,212 of them are health care workers.

There were 19 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 2,645 deaths from confirmed cases and 30 from probable cases.

Most of the deaths in Minnesota, 1,850, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 2,160 of the deaths were 70 years or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 149.766 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 3,147,270 completed tests, including 3,103,434 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 43,836 antigen tests. And approximately 2,017,351 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: 215, 1 probable
  • Chippewa County: 564, 2 probable
  • Kandiyohi County: 2,239, 3 probable
  • Lac qui Parle County: 186
  • Meeker County: 528
  • Pope County: 245
  • Redwood County: 408, 1 probable
  • Renville County: 376, 7 probable
  • Stearns County: 8,093, 136 probable
  • Swift County: 311
  • Yellow Medicine County: 396, 4 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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