West central Minnesota records 464 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths in state's new weekly update

In the past week, the total of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota has hovered around a total of 400. The most recent report lists 41 people in ICUs and 360 hospitalized but not in an ICU.

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WILLMAR — West central Minnesota reported 464 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths related to the coronavirus a week ago, according to the weekly situation update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

This week, the department began providing a weekly situation update , replacing the daily updates that began in spring 2020. The updates will be released each Thursday at 11 a.m. with data received as of 4 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. Where numbers are said to be from last week, they are from Sunday through Saturday the week before the information is released.

In all cases, the numbers in the updates are preliminary and may change as more information is received. The case numbers include positive test results reported to the state.

Between June 19 and June 25, a total of five deaths were reported in the area — one in Pope, two in Renville, one in Stearns and one in Yellow Medicine counties.

New cases reported the week of June 19 to June 25 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune:


  • Big Stone, 7
  • Chippewa, 9
  • Kandiyohi, 42
  • Lac qui Parle, 19
  • Meeker, 38
  • Pope, 23
  • Redwood, 26
  • Renville, 28
  • Stearns, 244
  • Swift, 8
  • Yellow Medicine, 20
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Statewide, about 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health last week. The state's death toll from the pandemic surpassed 13,000 in the past week. The number of cases is probably much higher, because cases identified by a positive home test are not reported to the state.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now listed at 1,552,840, including reinfections. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test are considered to have a reinfection.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 12,806.

In a report of its response capacity to the pandemic, the Health Department reported that 41people with COVID-19 were in ICUs across the state as of June 30, and 360 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized but not in an ICU.

The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of June 29, 3,932,769 Minnesotans have received one dose and 3,771,316 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of people listed as being up-to-date with their vaccines, meaning they have had booster shots, is 1,702,187.

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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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