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West central Minnesota reports 32 new COVID-19 cases; one death in Stearns County

The region reported 32 new COVID-19 cases and one death in Stearns County, according to Friday's state report.

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

WILLMAR — Another resident of Stearns County has died from COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday. The individual was in the 80-84 age category and is the county's 223rd death attributed to COVID-19.

There were 21 new deaths statewide.

In the 11-county area of west central Minnesota, there were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported and 690 cases reported statewide

Stearns County reported 20 new cases and Kandiyohi County reported four.

Meeker and Renville counties each reported two new cases; Big Stone, Pope, Redwood and Swift counties each reported one new case.


Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases Friday.


The state's cumulative number of cases is now 597,731.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,418 of them have been among health care workers.

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 — residence data may lag reports of new positive cases — and the number of deaths are as follows:

  • Big Stone County: 603 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,529 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,593 cases; 84 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 754 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,601 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,116 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,753 cases; 37 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,811 cases; 44 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,395 cases; 223 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,064 cases; 18 deaths

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

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday’s report, 2,802,900 people have received at least one dose and 2,436,104 have completed the vaccine series statewide — 63% of individuals age 16 and over statewide have received at least one dose.

According to the figures available Friday, the percentage of individuals age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:


  • Big Stone: 66%

  • Chippewa: 53%

  • Kandiyohi: 51%

  • Lac qui Parle: 56%

  • Meeker: 47%

  • Pope: 55%

  • Redwood: 51%

  • Renville: 54%

  • Stearns: 55%

  • Swift: 57%

  • Yellow Medicine: 58%

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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