New COVID-19 cases emerge in West River counties

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PIERRE, S.D. — Updated numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health have confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 in Fall River, Lawrence and Pennington counties, with overall state totals jumping to 90 confirmed cases.

The three counties each have 1 new case, bringing the count in Pennington County to 4 confirmed cases, Lawrence County to 3 confirmed cases and Fall River County to 1.

The state total is at 90 positive tests, raising the count of confirmed cases by 22 from Saturday’s numbers, with 1 test currently pending at the state Public Health Laboratory. The pending number excludes tests being conducted in commercial laboratories.

Most of the positive cases emerging overnight were discovered East River, where Beadle (20 cases) and Minnehaha (25 cases) Counties contain the overwhelming majority of South Dakota cases.

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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