COVID-19 continues to spread in South Dakota, but death rate is down

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) hosted a conference call on Monday morning to share the latest on COVID-19 cases.

Nationally, the United States has reached a record-breaking number of coronavirus cases, leading the worldwide count, with over six million cases.

The department of health shared that there were 187 new COVID-19 cases in the state, with 12 news hospitalizations. The total number of active cases as of Monday, is 2,730.

Among South Dakota residents that attended the Sturgis Rally, so far 105 have tested positive for coronavirus. An ongoing concern through the entire pandemic has been community spread.

“We have nine counties having no community spread, 23 having minimal, 19 of those having moderate, and then 15 counties having substantial community spread,” said Dr. Josh Clayton, an Epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health.

Although numbers in South Dakota are climbing each day, the professionals say the number of deaths is on a decline.

“We’ve seen a 33.1 percent reduction in death due to COVID-19 compared to the prior week, so our death rate is in fact on a downward trend,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, the Health Secretary for the state of South Dakota.

News recently broke that a handful of employees at monument health tested positive for the virus, but those that have tested positive, make up less than 1% of their workforce.

Monument Health stated that they cannot share exact locations or departments where employees tested positive, due to privacy concerns.

The DOH said they do give assistance to health care facilities when rapid spread becomes a concern.

“When we do see positive cases associated with healthcare facilities, including nursing facilities, we proactively work with them to make sure they’ve got enough PPE, are able to employ mitigation strategies,” added Malsam-Rysdon.



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