Area sees 137 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; one death

Mark Wasson, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Mar. 15—WILLMAR — There were 137 new cases of COVID-19 and one death reported by the Minnesota Department of Health over the weekend for the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune.

The death, n Stearns County in the 80-84 age range, was included on Sunday's state report.

The largest portion of the new cases were in Stearns County, with 74 total cases reported in Saturday and Sunday's reports. Kandiyohi County reported 17 new cases; Pope County reported 11 new cases; Chippewa County reported seven new cases; Meeker County reported six new cases; Swift, Renville and Lac qui Parle counties each reported five new cases; Yellow Medicine County reported three new cases; Big Stone and Redwood counties each reported two new cases.

Statewide there were 2,188 newly reported cases overall and nine deaths.


That brings the state's cumulative total to 497,392.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 38,447 of them are health care workers.

There were nine additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a current total of 6,746 deaths. Most of the deaths, 4,240, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,597 of the people who 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: 527 cases; 4 deaths

* Chippewa County: 1,389 cases; 35 deaths


Kandiyohi County: 5,888

cases; 78 deaths

* Lac qui Parle County: 701 cases; 17 deaths

* Meeker County: 2,102 cases; 34 deaths

* Pope County: 845 cases; 6 deaths

* Redwood County: 1,493 cases; 34 deaths

* Renville County: 1,547 cases; 41 deaths

* Stearns County: 19,068 cases; 209 deaths

* Swift County: 895 cases; 18 deaths

* Yellow Medicine County: 987 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 Saturday's report, 1,240,140 people have received one dose and 707,776 have completed the two-shot vaccine series statewide.

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


Big Stone: 1,809


Chippewa: 2,973


Kandiyohi: 9,440


Lac qui Parle: 2,217


Meeker: 4,812


Pope: 2,999


Redwood: 3,643


Renville: 3,541


Stearns: 33,948


Swift: 2,595


Yellow Medicine: 2,955

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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