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West central Minnesota reports 10 new COVID-19 cases and one death in Meeker County

Counties in West Central Minnesota reported 10 new COVID-19 cases and one death in Friday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The state reported five deaths and 364 new cases.

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Editor’s note: This will be the West Central Tribune's last daily update on COVID-19 in west central Minnesota. Moving forward, the Tribune will provide periodic updates on cases and deaths, as well as vaccination progress.

WILLMAR — Eleven counties in west central Minnesota tracked by the West Central Tribune reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with one death, according to an update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Meeker County reported the loss of an individual in the 80 to 84 age category. The county has now lost 42 residents to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kandiyohi County reported five new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Stearns County reported two. Meeker, Redwood and Renville counties each reported one new case.

Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases Friday.


The state reported five deaths and 364 new cases.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 600,767.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,625 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 7,408. Most of the deaths, 4,427, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 6,034 of the people who have 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: 603 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,536 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,614 cases; 84 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 756 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,609 cases; 42 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,124 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,755 cases; 38 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,817 cases; 45 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,470 cases; 223 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,060 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,146 cases; 20 deaths


The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday's report, 2,900,110 people have received at least one dose and 2,562,690 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Friday, the percentage of individuals age 12 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone: 64%

  • Chippewa: 55%

  • Kandiyohi: 49%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 44%

  • Pope: 53%

  • Redwood: 49%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 47%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 50%

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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