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West central Minnesota reports 7 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths in Tuesday's state report; state lists 11 deaths and 256 new cases

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the state was 256, continuing the recent downward trend. Eleven deaths were reported in the Minnesota Department of Health's Tuesday update. In west central Minnesota, seven new cases were reported three counties, and eight listed no new cases.

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WILLMAR — No deaths and seven new cases of COVID-19 cases in the area were reported in Tuesday's state update from the Minnesota Health Department.

New cases were reported in three of the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune — five in Stearns County and one each in Kandiyohi and Swift counties.

Big Stone, Chippewa , Lac qui Parle , Meeker, Pope, Redwood , Renville and Yellow Medicine counties listed no new cases in the Tuesday report.


The state reported 11 deaths and 256 new cases.


The state's cumulative number of cases is now 599,477.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 42,530 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 7,381. Most of the deaths, 4,416, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 6,013 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: 1,534 cases; 38 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,606 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: 22,441 cases; 223 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,065 cases; 18 deaths

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

The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Tuesday's report, 2,863,854 people have received at least one dose and 2,512,458 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Tuesday, 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: 48%

  • Renville: 51%

  • Stearns: 53%

  • Swift: 55%

  • Yellow Medicine: 55%

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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