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West central Minnesota sees 100+ new COVID-19 cases in Sunday's state report; one death reported in Stearns County

One death as reported in Stearns County in west central Minnesota in Sunday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. The state reported seven additional deaths statewide. More than 100 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the area.

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WILLMAR —There were 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Kandiyohi County in Sunday's state report, part of a total 103 new cases reported in the area.

One death was reported in Stearns County. The person was between 90 and 95 years old.

Stearns County reported 57 new confirmed cases. Yellow Medicine County was the only county that did not report any additional cases.

Other counties in the west central Minnesota area tracked by the West Central Tribune reported single digit increases: five in Meeker and Renville; four in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Pope and Swift; two in Redwood; and one in Big Stone.

Statewide there are 1,048 new cases for a total of 103,826 with 10,815 of them being health care workers.


There were 7 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 2,080.

Most of the deaths, 1,486, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 1,661 of the people who have died were up were 70 or older.

The Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting that 93,148 of the state's reported positive cases no longer need to self-isolate.

So far in Minnesota, there have been approximately 2,146,411 completed tests of approximately 1,480,219 people since Jan. 20.

The information was included in the latest Minnesota Department of Health daily situation update , released at 11 a.m. daily. The data released are current as of 4 p.m. the day before.

The current number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to reside in area counties includes:

  • Big Stone County: 91, up 1
  • Chippewa County: 258, up 3
  • Kandiyohi County: 1,132, up 23
  • Lac qui Parle County: 83, up 3
  • Meeker County: 233, up 5
  • Pope County: 109, up 3
  • Redwood County: 203, up 2
  • Renville County: 175, up 5
  • Stearns County: 4,320, up 57
  • Swift County: 155, up 3
  • Yellow Medicine County: 215

(County of residence is confirmed during the case interview. The county residence data may not equal the total number of reported positive cases in a given day.)

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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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