The number of COVID-19 cases remains stable in the region and the state – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — There were 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the 11-county area tracked by the West Central Tribune, according to Friday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Stearns County reported 12 new cases. Kandiyohi County reported five; Renville had four. Meeker County had two cases. Chippewa, Pope and Redwood counties each reported one new case.

Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties reported no new cases.

Statewide, there were 813 new cases reported in total.



This brings the state’s cumulative total to 488,170

Of the cumulative number of cases, 37,964 of them are healthcare workers.

There were 13 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,534 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,076, occurred in long-term care facilities or assisted living facilities, and 5,404 of those who died were 70 or older.

The information was included in the last

daily status update


Minnesota Department of Health

, released at 11 a.m. daily. Published data is current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to be residing in counties in the region and the number of deaths include:

  • Big Stone County: 516 cases; 3 deaths

  • Chippewa County: 1,368 cases; 35 deaths

  • Kandiyohi County: 5,806 cases; 74 deaths

  • Talking Lake County: 686 cases; 16 deaths

  • Meeker County: 2,081 cases; 34 deaths

  • Pope County: 809 cases; 5 deaths

  • Redwood County: 1,471 cases; 27 deaths

  • Renville County: 1,516 cases; 40 deaths

  • Stearns County: 18,786 cases; 202 deaths

  • Swift County: 878 cases; 18 deaths

  • Yellow Medicine County: 977 cases; 17 deaths

The state now also reports

daily administration of vaccines

Numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public but is provided to targeted groups.

According to Friday’s report, 975,781 people received a dose and 516,422 completed the series of vaccines statewide. More people have now completed the series of vaccines than the state’s cumulative total of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

The percentage of people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in counties across the region ranges from 16.3% of residents in Meeker County to 29.2% in Lac qui Parle County. According to figures available Friday, the number of people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in counties across the region include:

  • Big Stone: 1,478

  • Chippewa: 2,572

  • Kandiyohi: 7,667

  • Talking Lake: 1,959

  • Softer: 3,769

  • Pope: 2,745

  • Sequoia: 3,004

  • Renville: 3,105

  • Stearn: 28,578

  • Fast: 2,093

  • Yellow drug: 2,677

The vaccine data webpage is updated daily at 11 a.m., but it can take up to 48 hours for data to be reported to the state and processed.
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