COVID-19 deaths reported in Stearns and Yellow Medicine County Sunday

Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Apr. 11—WILLMAR — Stearns County and Yellow Medicine County each reported one new COVID-related death Sunday.

In Stearns County the death involved an individual in their late 70s and in Yellow Medicine the individual was in their early 60s.

Statewide there were 13 deaths and 1,784 new cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the state has now surpassed 2 million individuals who have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

There were 109 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday in the 11-county area tracked by the West Central Tribune.

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Stearns County reported 63 new cases, Kandiyohi County had 15 new cases, Meeker County had 11, Renville County had six, Redwood and Swift counties each had four new cases, Yellow Medicine County reported three, Pope County had two and Chippewa County had one.

Big Stone and Lac qui Parle counties did not report any new cases.

The state's cumulative number of cases is now 542,053.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,974 of them have been among health care workers.

The state's current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,957. Most of the deaths, 4,318, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,751 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:

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Big Stone County: 554 cases; 4 deaths

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Chippewa County: 1,437 cases; 36 deaths

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Kandiyohi County: 6,203 cases; 79 deaths

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Lac qui Parle County: 731 cases; 22 deaths

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Meeker County: 2,280 cases; 37 deaths

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Pope County: 992 cases; 6 deaths

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Redwood County: 1,637 cases; 35 deaths

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Renville County: 1,680 cases; 43 deaths

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Stearns County: 20,596 cases; 216 deaths

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Swift County: 975 cases; 18 deaths

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Yellow Medicine County: 1,084 cases; 19 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Sunday's report, 2,050,888 people have received one dose and 1,386,766 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

The percent of people age 16 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties ranges from 39% of residents in Meeker County to 63% in Big Stone County. To date, 43% 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:

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Big Stone: 2,554

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Chippewa: 4,365

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Kandiyohi: 14,392

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Lac qui Parle: 2,939

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Meeker: 7,061

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Pope: 4,371

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Redwood: 5,071

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Renville: 5,485

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Stearns: 52,439

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Swift: 3,841

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Yellow Medicine: 4,053

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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