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West central Minnesota reports 49 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; one death

The region reported 49 new COVID-19 cases and one death in Renville County over the weekend.

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

WILLMAR — In the 11-county area of west central Minnesota, there were 49 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Saturday and Sunday.

There were 16 new deaths and 1,042 new cases statewide.

Stearns County reported 24 new cases and Kandiyohi County reported seven over the two days of weekend reporting.

Chippewa County reported five new cases; Pope and Meeker counties each reported four new cases; Renville County reported three new cases; Redwood and Lac qui Parle counties each reported one new case.

Big Stone, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases over the weekend.



The state's cumulative number of cases is now 598,766.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,483 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: 1,533 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,601 cases; 84 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 755 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,605 cases; 40 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,120 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,754 cases; 37 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,814 cases; 45 deaths

  • Stearns County: 22,419 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 Sunday's report, 2,848,324 people have received at least one dose and 2,492,237 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 Sunday, 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: 66.5%

  • Chippewa: 53.3%

  • Kandiyohi: 51.1%

  • Lac qui Parle: 56.5%

  • Meeker: 47%

  • Pope: 55.6%

  • Redwood: 50.9%

  • Renville: 53.9%

  • Stearns: 55.2%

  • Swift: 57.7%

  • Yellow Medicine: 58.2%

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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