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West central Minnesota reports 2 deaths and 101 new COVID-19 cases in Monday state update; statewide report includes 10 deaths, 1,385 new cases

The state reported 1,385 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths in Monday's Minnesota Department of Health update. In the area, two deaths and 101 new cases were reported. Because of changes in reporting over the holiday weekend, the numbers may appear lower.

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WILLMAR — There were two deaths and 101 new COVID-19 cases reported in the area in Monday's state update .

The state did not update its information Sunday. Information released Monday includes data from Saturday, and those numbers may be lower due to technical issues, according to a statement on the Department of Health website. Tuesday's numbers may be higher as a result of the technical issues.

Stearns County had the highest numbers of new cases among those tracked by the West Central Tribune at 63.

Two deaths were reported in Stearns County — a person in the 85-89 age range and another in the 90-94 age range.

Kandiyohi County reported 11 new cases, and all other counties reported new cases in the single digits. Lac qui Parle County reported no new cases.


Meeker and Pope counties each reported seven new cases. Four new cases were reported in Redwood County .

Big Stone , Chippewa , Swift and Yellow Medicine each reported two cases, and Renville County reported one.

Statewide there were 1,385 newly reported cases overall.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 527,650.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,471 of them have been among health care workers.

There were 10 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,885 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,293, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,700 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.


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: 551 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,426 cases; 36 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,107 cases; 79 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 726 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,226 cases; 37 deaths
  • Pope County: 960 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,594 cases; 35 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,629 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 20,169 cases; 211 deaths
  • Swift County: 961 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,053 cases; 18 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Monday’s report, 1,808,949 people have received one dose and 1,164,187 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

The percent of people who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 35 percent of residents 16 and over in Meeker County to 59 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 40% of residents 16 and over in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,391

  • Chippewa: 4,260

  • Kandiyohi: 13,482

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,812

  • Meeker: 6,434

  • Pope: 4,053

  • Redwood: 4,813

  • Renville: 5,069

  • Stearns: 47,288

  • Swift: 3,700

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,890

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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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: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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