Area records 173 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths in weekend state updates; state records 2,356 weekend cases and 11 deaths

Linda Vanderwerf, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Mar. 22—WILLMAR — There were 173 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the area over the weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Health daily updates.

Three of the 11 state deaths reported over the weekend were in the area. The death of a person older than 100 was reported in Kandiyohi County. In Renville County, two deaths were reported, one person from 60-64 years of age and one person from 75-79 years of age.

Stearns reported 94 new cases Saturday and Sunday. Kandiyohi County reported 20 new cases; Meeker County reported 14; and Renville County reported 10.

Other counties' reported new cases in single digits — Pope County, eight; Chippewa and Swift counties, seven each; Yellow Medicine County, six; Redwood County, five; and Big Stone County and Lac qui Parle County, one each.

Statewide there were 2,356 newly reported cases overall.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 505,224.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,724 of them are health care workers.

There were 11 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 Saturday and Sunday, for a current total of 6,782 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,248, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,621 of the people who have 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: 513 cases; 4 deaths

* Chippewa County: 1,414 cases; 35 deaths


Kandiyohi County: 5,953

cases; 79 deaths

* Lac qui Parle County: 705 cases; 17 deaths

* Meeker County: 2,128 cases; 35 deaths

* Pope County: 876 cases; 6 deaths

* Redwood County: 1,508 cases; 34 deaths

* Renville County: 1,579 cases; 43 deaths

* Stearns County: 19,305 cases; 208 deaths

* Swift County: 912 cases; 208 deaths

* Yellow Medicine County: 1,010 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine is not yet available to the general public. Health care workers and long-term care facility residents are the priority populations currently.

As of Sunday's report, 1,408,601 people have received one dose and 839,860 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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: 2,064


Chippewa: 3,699


Kandiyohi: 10,900


Lac qui Parle: 2,588


Meeker: 5,187


Pope: 3,321


Redwood: 4,098


Renville: 4,149


Stearns: 37,490


Swift: 2,951


Yellow Medicine: 3,380

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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