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West central Minnesota reports 22 new COVID-19 cases; one death in Redwood County

The state reported 10 deaths and 505 new cases Thursday. The region reported 22 new cases and one death.

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WILLMAR — Redwood County reported another COVID-19 related death, the county's 38th, in Thursday's state update from the Minnesota Health Department.

The death was in the 25-29 age range.

The 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune reported 22 total COVID-19 cases, with 13 in Stearns County and one in Kandiyohi County.

Pope County reported three new cases; Meeker County reported two new cases; Lac qui Parle, Swift and Renville counties each reported one new case.

Big Stone, Chippewa, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases Thursday.


The state reported 10 deaths and 505 new cases.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 600,408.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,600 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 7,403. Most of the deaths, 4,424, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 6,031 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: 6,609 cases; 84 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 756 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,608 cases; 41 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,125 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,754 cases; 38 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,816 cases; 45 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,468 cases; 223 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,066 cases; 18 deaths

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


The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Thursday's report, 2,885,499 people have received at least one dose and 2,543,044 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Thursday, 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: 51%

  • Kandiyohi: 48%

  • Lac qui Parle: 55%

  • Meeker: 44%

  • Pope: 53%

  • Redwood: 49%

  • Renville: 52%

  • Stearns: 53%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 56%

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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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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