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West Central Minnesota Has Received Nearly 1,600 New COVID-19 Cases, With Three Deaths In The Last Week.


In Minnesota Department of Health updates, area counties reported 265 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and nearly 1,600 new cases in the previous week.In the last week, three new deaths have been reported in area counties: a person in the 50-54 age range in Meeker County, a person in the 85-89 age range in Renville County, and a person in the 85-89 age range in Stearns County.

Stearns had 108 new cases reported Friday, Kandiyohi had 44, Meeker had 24, Chippewa had 21, Redwood and Yellow Medicine had 17 each, Renville had 14, Pope had eight, and Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, and Swift had four each.Stearns had 780 new cases reported in the previous week, Kandiyohi had 230, Meeker had 104, Redwood had 96, Yellow Medicine had 93, Pope had 81, Renville had 58, Chippewa had 59, Big Stone had 33, Swift had 25 and Lac qui Parle had 23.According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s situation update, the state reported 28 new deaths and 3,352 new cases on Friday.

The report is published at 11 a.m. five days a week and includes cases reported as of 4 a.m. the previous business day. The total number of cases in the state is now 755,401, which is 19,755 more than a week ago.There have been 48,521 cases in total, with 48,521 of them involving health care workers.The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state is now 8,407, with 112 deaths reported in the last week.

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More than half of the deaths, 4,699, occurred in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.The Health Department reported in a report on its response capacity to the pandemic that 253 people with COVID-19 were in ICUs across the state as of Thursday, and 746 people with COVID-19 were hospitalised but not in an ICU. The total number of hospitalised is approximately 260 more than the number hospitalised during the peak of the COVID-19 surge in April. 51 of the 91 ICU units that reported to the state said they were operating at more than 95 percent of their staffed capacity. 59 of the 130 hospitals reporting on non-ICU care reported operating at more than 95 percent of their staffed capacity.

These reports cover all ICU patients, not just those who have COVID-19.Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of COVID-19 cases among residents confirmed to live in area counties, as well as the number of deaths, has been as follows:787 cases; 4 deaths in Big Stone CountyChippewa County had 1,858 cases with 39 deaths.Kandiyohi County had 8,191 cases with 95 deaths.Lac qui Parle County had 950 cases, with 24 deaths.Meeker County has 3,504 cases and 52 deaths.Pope County has 1,532 cases and 8 deaths.Redwood County had 2,341 cases with 43 deaths.Renville County had 2,242 cases, with 49 deaths.Stearns County had 27,922 cases with 252 deaths.

Swift County has 1,326 cases and 19 deaths.Yellow Medicine County had 1,511 cases and 20 deaths.The state also publishes daily vaccine administration figures. As of Friday’s report, 3,435,979 Minnesotans had received one dose of the vaccine series, with 3,267,835 having completed the series statewide. The number of people who have received all of their vaccinations is 17,324 more than a week ago.According to data released on Friday, the percentage of people aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the area counties includes:63.5 percent for Big Stone60.5 percent Chippewa57.1 percent KandiyohiLac qui Parle has a 63 percent approval rating.Meeker’s percentage is 48.8 percent.56.1 percent for Pope54.8 percent redwoodRenville: 51.4%54.9 percent for StearnsSwift: 59%56.5 percent for Yellow MedicineOn weekdays, the vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m., but there is a delay between when a vaccine is administered and when it is reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state updates a list of school buildings that have reported five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were present in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The following area school buildings are on the list: Kennedy Elementary, Willmar; MACCRAY East Elementary, Raymond; Prairie Woods Elementary, New London; Willmar Senior High; Lac qui Parle Valley Secondary, Madison; Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Secondary, Grove City; Eden Valley Secondary; Eden Valley; Lake Ripley Elementary, Litchfield; Minnewaska Secondary, Glenwood; Redwood Valley Middle, Redwood Falls; Reede GrayIt is possible that some of the listed school buildings do not have ongoing transmission.

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They are removed from the list if they have not reported a new case in the last 28 days. If five or more cases are reported again in the future, they will be added to the list once more.


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