In data released Monday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 625 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed statewide, and 3 more deaths from the virus. Around the area, Kandiyohi County is up to 698 confirmed cases with 1 death, Chippewa County has 106 cases with 1 death, Meeker has 86 cases with 2 deaths, Renville at 65 cases with 5 deaths, and Yellow Medicine is up to 52 cases. Swift County went up a couple of notches to 55 cases with 1 death, Pope County has 48, and Lac qui Parle has 8. There are 320 patients hospitalized with the virus, with 159 of those in the ICU.


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