More than 600 new cases of COVID-19 reported in west central Minnesota

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Aug. 5—WILLMAR

— There were no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in west central Minnesota in the past week, marking the third consecutive week. However, 612 new cases were reported in that time, a jump of 82 from the previous week, according to the weekly situation update released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Case numbers continue to grow, even as those numbers are likely under-reported, as results of home tests are not reported to the state and not included in the state's report.

Among the new cases reported between July 24 and July 30, Stearns County accounts for 353 of them. Kandiyohi County had 56 new cases, and Meeker County had another 58 cases. The remaining eight counties in the area tracked by the West Central Tribune had a combined total of 143 new cases.

In June 2022, the department began providing a

weekly situation update

, replacing the daily updates that began in spring 2020. The updates are released each Thursday at 11 a.m. and include data received as of 4 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. When the report refers to numbers from last week, it refers to information gathered from Sunday through Saturday the week before the information is released.

In all cases, the numbers in the updates are preliminary and may change as more information is received. The case numbers include positive test results reported to the state. Results of home tests are not included in state reports.

Between July 24 and July 30, no deaths were reported in the area.

New cases reported the week of July 24 to July 30 in the 11 counties tracked by the West Central Tribune:

* Big Stone, 16

* Chippewa, 14

* Kandiyohi, 56

* Lac qui Parle, 17

* Meeker, 58

* Pope, 16

* Redwood, 26

* Renville, 18

* Stearns, 353

* Swift, 9

* Yellow Medicine, 29

The state's cumulative number of cases is now listed at 1,601,006, including reinfections. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test are considered to have a reinfection.

The state's current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 12,978, an increase of 25 from last week's report.

The state also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Aug. 3, 3,963,282 Minnesotans have received at least one dose and 3,741,090 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of people listed as being up-to-date with their vaccines, meaning they have had booster shots, is 1,747,538.