COVID-19 cases rising in western Minnesota
By Reed Anfinson
Just over 33 percent of Swift County’s residents had been vaccinated as of Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. MDH reported 3,101 vaccinations administered, an increase of 497 over last Monday’s report.
Nearly 20 percent, 1,841 county residents, have now been fully vaccinated, having either received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That is an increase of 246 over March 15.
While the number of people vaccinated against the deadly disease continues to grow, so do the number of new cases.
Swift County has seen 34 new COVID-19 cases in the first 22 days of March, more than double the number it saw in February. However, the number is still well short of the 73 cases recorded in January and far from the peak of 368 cases in November.
Still, the growing number of cases isn’t limited to Swift County but is being experienced in counties around the state. Pope County has seen its number of cases jump from 47 last month to 77 in the first 22 days of March. It is also more than then the 63 cases it had in January.
If Stevens County adds another four cases in the last nine days of the month, it will also bypass the 30 it recorded last month.
Swift County has now recorded 913 cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths from the disease. Its first cases was reported April 6 and its first death June 5.
Pope County has seen 879 cases and just six deaths while Stevens County has recorded 768 cases and nine deaths. Chippewa County has had 1,415 cases and 35 deaths.