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MEEKER COUNTY

In the past week, the total of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota has hovered around a total of 400. The most recent report lists 41 people in ICUs and 360 hospitalized but not in an ICU.
422 second graders in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties received bike helmets this year.
More than 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Minnesota in the past week, and the deaths of 36 people were attributed to COVID-19. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been near 400 for the past several weeks.
Confirmed new cases of COVID-19 continue to add up in the south central region of the state. There were 506 new cases and one death in the last week.

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COVID-19 test results reported to the state in the past week surpassed 11,000 new cases. Nearly 50 deaths were reported, too. In west central Minnesota, one death and nearly 560 cases were reported.
The CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force serves a population of approximately 100,000 residents in the west central Minnesota counties of Meeker, Kandiyohi, Swift, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine.
Fentanyl seizures, which were previously rare in the west central Minnesota area served by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, have become more commonplace, but methamphetamine is still "king," task force representatives told the Willmar City Council during a presentation earlier this week.
The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota has increased an average of more than 1,500 new cases a day in the past week, though the test positivity rate has declined slightly. In west central Minnesota, the number of new cases increased slightly in the last week, to 569, and several deaths were reported.
Minnesota legislative districts have been re-drawn, giving challengers and incumbents new grounds for campaigning.
Filing for county-level offices in Minnesota closed Tuesday, May 31, and candidates had an additional two days to withdraw. In races with more than two candidates, a primary will be required. This is the final list of candidates according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office.

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There was a small decrease in the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region this week, though one death was reported in Stearns County.
COVID-19 cases have continued to increase across the state, and more people are hospitalized, though the number of deaths has not increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Health udpates. The numbers are likely higher than the state is reporting, as home tests are not reported to the state.
A look at the aftermath of the May 12, 2022, storm in west central Minnesota.

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