In the situation update from the Minnesota Department of Health last Friday, the state listed 33 newly reported deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 7,833 new positive cases. The report is released five days a week at 11 a.m. and includes cases reported as of 4 a.m. the previous business day. (Visit https://www.health.state.mn.us for cases after 11 a.m. each day.  In this area, visit horizonpublichealth.org for Pope County area statistics on COVID-19.  It is updated each Thursday.) 

As of last Thursday, there were 40 active cases of COVID-19 in isolation in Pope County.  The county’s cumulative numbers of confirmed positive cases was listed as 2,324 with 14 deaths. 

In the five-county area served by Horizon Public Health, there were 14,620 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, 523 hospitalizations and 153 deaths, it was reported last Thursday.   

The state’s cumulative number of cases is now 1,064,065, which includes 1,045,846 total people testing positive and 18,219 reinfections. The state reports the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 again more than 90 days after an initial lab-confirmed positive test.

The number of cumulative cases is 41,853 higher than a week ago.

The state’s current total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is now at 10,766, which includes 250 more deaths than a week ago. Of that total, 5,197 deaths, 48.3%, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

In a report of its response capacity to the pandemic, the Health Department stated that as of Thursday 269 people with COVID-19 were in ICUs across the state and 1,198 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized but not in an ICU. 

The state reports the hospital capacity of adult and pediatric beds. Of the state’s eight pediatric ICU units, five reported having zero beds available as of Thursday. Of the 36 non-ICU pediatric units reporting, 19 hospitals, 53%, said they had zero non-ICU pediatric beds available.

Of 68 adult ICUs reporting, 55 of them, 81%, said they had zero beds available. Of 130 hospitals reporting on non-ICU patients, 59 hospitals, 45%, said they had zero beds available.

Statewide, 20 adult and 12 pediatric ICU beds were available as of Thursday.

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:

• Big Stone County: 1,054 cases; 7 deaths

• Chippewa County: 2,381 cases; 43 deaths

• Kandiyohi County: 10,692 cases; 121 deaths

• Lac qui Parle County: 1,371 cases; 26 deaths

• Meeker County: 4,815 cases; 68 deaths

• Pope County: 2,324 cases; 14 deaths

• Redwood County: 3,084 cases; 50 deaths

• Renville County: 2,928 cases; 52 deaths

• Stearns County: 38,068 cases; 321 deaths

• Swift County: 1,845 cases; 30 deaths

• Yellow Medicine County: 2,053 cases; 25 deaths

The state is also reports daily vaccine administration numbers. As of Friday’s report, 3,771,106 Minnesotans have received one dose and 3,536,755 have completed the vaccine series statewide. The number of fully vaccinated people is 21,803 higher than a week ago.

According to the figures available Friday, the percentage of individuals age 5 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in area counties includes:

• Big Stone: 64.8%

• Chippewa: 60.8%

• Kandiyohi: 59.6%

• Lac qui Parle: 64.4%

• Meeker: 52.8%

• Pope: 60.9%

• Redwood: 58.3%

• Renville: 58.3%

• Stearns: 58.1%

• Swift: 60.8%

• Yellow Medicine: 57.2%

The vaccine data web page is updated at 11 a.m. weekdays, but there is a delay between a vaccine being given and when it is reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.