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West central Minnesota reports 96 new COVID-19 cases; no deaths

Statewide there were 1,611 newly reported cases and 13 deaths, with 96 new cases and no deaths reported in west central Minnesota.

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

WILLMAR — West central Minnesota reported another 96 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, with Stearns County accounting for the majority of cases.

No deaths were reported in the region Wednesday but all of the 11 counties that West Central Tribune tracks reported new daily cases.

Stearns County has 51 of the newly reported cases. Kandiyohi County reported 14 new cases.

Big Stone and Chippewa counties each reported six new cases; Meeker and Pope counties each reported five new cases; Swift County reported three new cases; Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties each reported two new cases; Redwood and Renville counties each reported one new case.

Statewide there were 1,611 newly reported cases and 13 deaths.



The state's cumulative number of cases is now 560,450.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 40,682 of them have been among health care workers.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,044. Most of the deaths, 4,339, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,802 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: 576 cases; 4 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,475 cases; 37 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 6,313 cases; 81 deaths

  • Lac qui Parle County: 739 cases; 22 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,391 cases; 37 deaths

  • Pope County: 1,038 cases; 6 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,667 cases; 35 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,729 cases; 43 deaths

  • Stearns County: 21,198 cases; 219 deaths

  • Swift County: 1,004 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,113 cases; 19 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Wednesday’s report, 2,324,241 people have received at least one dose and 1,648,311 have completed the vaccine series statewide, approximately 53 percent of the eligible population of 16 years and up.

The percent of eligible people — those age 16 and over — who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 41.8 percent in Meeker County to 63.4 percent in Big Stone County. To date, 45.5 percent of eligible residents in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.


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

  • Big Stone: 2,573

  • Chippewa: 4,596

  • Kandiyohi: 15,206

  • Lac qui Parle: 2,970

  • Meeker: 7,590

  • Pope: 4,609

  • Redwood: 5,407

  • Renville: 5,692

  • Stearns: 57,775

  • Swift: 4,017

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,199

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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