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West central Minnesota reports 238 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; no deaths

The region reported 238 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the majority in Stearns County which accounted for 125 of the newly reported cases. No deaths were reported in the region of the weekend.

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

WILLMAR — West central Minnesota reported 238 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, the majority in Stearns County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health daily situation updates.

No new deaths in the region were reported over the weekend.

The state reported nine deaths and 2,971 cases over the two days.

Over the weekend, Stearns County reported a total of 125 new cases; Kandiyohi County reported 20 new cases; Pope County reported 19 new cases; Meeker County reported 21 new cases; Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties each reported 11 new cases; Swift County reported nine new cases; Lac qui Parle County reported five new cases; Big Stone County reported four new cases; and Chippewa County reported a total of two.



With the state's newly reported 2,971 cases, the cumulative number of cases rises to 515,058.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,093 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,830. Most of the deaths, 4,268, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,655 of the people who 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: 542 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,419 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,013 cases; 79 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 714 cases; 21 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,179 cases; 36 deaths

  • Pope County: 922 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,546 cases; 34 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,608 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 19,725 cases; 209 deaths

  • Swift County: 933 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,031 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine has so far been prioritized for targeted groups. Starting March 30, all Minnesotans age 16 and older are eligible, although the state has warned that demand will outpace supply in the immediate future.

As of Sunday's report, 1,590,826 people have received at lease one dose and 976,061 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

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


  • Big Stone: 2,201

  • Chippewa: 4,000

  • Kandiyohi: 12,393

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,699

  • Meeker: 5,807

  • Pope: 3,637

  • Redwood: 4,493

  • Renville: 4,590

  • Stearns: 41,690

  • Swift: 3,450

  • Yellow Medicine: 3,619

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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