West central Minnesota reports 132 new COVID-19 cases Saturday; no deaths

Mark Wasson, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Mar. 27—WILLMAR — The region's newly reported COVID-19 cases saw a daily increase in Saturday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health, though Stearns County's cases dropped.

No new deaths in the region were reported Saturday.

The state reported four deaths and 1,744 cases.

Stearns County reported 69 of the 113 newly reported COVID-19 cases overall in the region. Kandiyohi County reported 15 new cases.

Meeker County reported 12 new cases; Yellow Medicine County reported nine new cases; Redwood and Renville counties each reported six new cases; Lac qui Parle and Swift counties each reported five new cases; Big Stone County reported three new cases; Chippewa and Pope counties each reported one new case.

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With the state's newly reported 1,744 cases, the cumulative number of cases rises to 513,833.

Of the cumulative number of cases, 39,057 of them have been among health care workers.

The state's current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 6,825. Most of the deaths, 4,266, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and 5,653 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: 541 cases; 4 deaths

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Chippewa County: 1,418 cases; 35 deaths

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Kandiyohi County: 6,009 cases; 79 deaths

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Lac qui Parle County: 714 cases; 21 deaths

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Meeker County: 2,170 cases; 36 deaths

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Pope County: 903 cases; 6 deaths

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Redwood County: 1,541 cases; 34 deaths

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Renville County: 1,603 cases; 43 deaths

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Stearns County: 19,670 cases; 209 deaths

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Swift County: 929 cases; 18 deaths

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Yellow Medicine County: 1,030 cases; 17 deaths

The state is now also reporting daily vaccine administration numbers. The vaccine has so far been prioritized for targeted groups. Starting March 30, all Minnesotans age 16 and older are eligible, although the state has warned that demand will outpace supply in the immediate future.

As of Saturday's report, 1,557,636 people have received at lease one dose and 936,222 have completed the vaccine series statewide.

According to the figures available Saturday, 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: 2,188

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Chippewa: 3,973

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Kandiyohi: 11,547

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Lac qui Parle: 2,696

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Meeker: 5,479

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Pope: 3,577

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Redwood: 4,439

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Renville: 4,594

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Stearns: 40,732

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Swift: 3,323

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Yellow Medicine: 3,598

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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