ST. PAUL (KMHL) – It is the deadliest day Minnesota has seen to date due to the Coronavirus. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 17 more deaths due to COVID-19.

That ups the state’s death total to 111. The total amount of confirmed cases in Minnesota climbed to 2,071.

The number of cases in southwest Minnesota has continued to grow as well. Lyon County has 6 cases, while according to official numbers, Nobles County has 12 confirmed cases.

However, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said during a press briefing with reporters Friday that they know of 30 confirmed cases in the Worthington area. Malcolm indicated 7 of the cases involve the JBS Swift plant in Worthington.

Gov. Tim Walz says the plant remains operational and is vital to the state’s supply of food. He says they have been working closely with owners of the plant. Walz said owners have been increasing supplies of personal protective equipment for employees in the plant as well.