DOH lists second COVID-19 death for South Dakota, 21 new cases

PIERRE, S.D. — Updated numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health have confirmed 21 new positive cases of COVID-19, all in the East River area, with overall state totals jumping to 129 confirmed cases.

While the death count has risen to 2 statewide, 51 individuals are listed as having recovered from among the positive cases. Of the 129 statewide cases, 12 people are listed as having been hospitalized for COVID-19, which according to DOH officials, represents the cumulative total of individuals who have been hospitalized at any point.

East River counties like Beadle (21 cases, 12 recovered) and Minnehaha (40 cases, 11 recovered) still contain the overwhelming majority of South Dakota cases.

3,903 COVID-19 tests have been administered so far in South Dakota. Zero tests are currently pending at the state Public Health Laboratory, but this number does not include tests pending in commercial labs.

The DOH would like to remind everyone that there are ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

  • Self-isolate if you are 65 years of age, have a compromised immune system, or a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease.
  • Everyone is urged to stay home.
  • Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
  • Maintain 6 ft. distance with others and avoid groups of 10 or more.
  • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms, fever, or cough.
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