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West central Minnesota sees two deaths, 204 new COVID-19 cases over weekend; state has 15 deaths and 3,673 new cases in the two days

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 in the state continues to rise at a pace of more than 1,000 cases per day, while the number of deaths has stayed relatively low. The state reported more than 3,600 new cases and 15 deaths.

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WILLMAR — West central Minnesota counties reported two deaths and 204 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, according to Minnesota Department of Health state updates .

The West Central Tribune has tracked the number of cases reported in 11 area counties since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the past weekend, Stearns County , with the largest population in the area, reported 121 new cases over the two days of reports.

Kandiyohi County had 20 new cases reported over the weekend, and Meeker County had 17. Renville County and Pope County each reported 10 new cases.

Other area counties had new cases in single digits, including Swift County with seven; Big Stone County with five; Chippewa County with four; Yellow Medicine County with four; Lac qui Parle County with three; and Redwood County with three.


Statewide there were 3,673 newly reported cases over the two days.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 568,243..

Of the cumulative number of cases, 41,002 of them are health care workers.

There were 15 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 7,079 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,353, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,826 of the people who have died were 70 or older.

The information was included in the 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: 584 cases; 4 deaths
  • Chippewa County: 1,485 cases; 38 deaths
  • Kandiyohi County: 6,375 cases; 81 deaths
  • Lac qui Parle County: 746 cases; 22 deaths
  • Meeker County: 2,440 cases; 38 deaths
  • Pope County: 1,053 cases; 6 deaths
  • Redwood County: 1,678 cases; 35 deaths
  • Renville County: 1,747 cases; 43 deaths
  • Stearns County: 21,474 cases; 219 deaths
  • Swift County: 1,018 cases; 18 deaths
  • Yellow Medicine County: 1,126 cases; 20 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is available to everyone 16 and older.


As of Sunday’s report, 2,441,621 people have received at least one dose and 1,788,107 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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 43% of residents in Meeker County to 64% in Big Stone County. To date, 47% of residents age 16 and over in Kandiyohi County have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

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

  • Big Stone: 2,612

  • Chippewa: 4,662

  • Kandiyohi: 15,672

  • Lac qui Parle: 3,009

  • Meeker: 7,733

  • Pope: 4,698

  • Redwood: 5,564

  • Renville: 5,793

  • Stearns: 60,517

  • Swift: 4,079

  • Yellow Medicine: 4,243

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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