Pennington County COVID-19 patient died East River
Was not in Pennington County two weeks prior to death, says Governor
PIERRE, S.D. – Despite the only reported COVID-19 death in South Dakota being tied to Pennington County, Governor Kristi Noem said Monday the man had not been West River for at least two weeks prior to his death.
Noem clarified in a daily briefing, the counties listed to have positive cases are tied to the person’s legal county of residence. The reported death occurred in Davison County though the person’s county of residence is Pennington.
The briefing comes after a 10th person in the state tests positive for the virus. The newest positive test was a man in the 20-29 age range in Minnehaha County.
Noem says all of the state’s positive cases have been linked to travel and not community spread.
Nationwide concerns over test kit availability continue however, Noem affirms the state is well stocked. She says an issue arises with supplies needed to run tests and medium/high risk patients are being prioritized. According to Noem, test results are coming back to patients within 24 hours and shortage of supplies is expected to be short-term. Noem says all diagnosed patients are recovering at home and do not need hospitalization.
As of Monday afternoon, the state Department of Health reports 494 tests are negative and zero tests are pending.
Multiple states have mandated closures of restaurants and bars but Noem says she is not recommending a similar course of action for South Dakota due to a lack of community spread. Businesses beginning to feel the impacts of “social distancing” are urged to contact the state Department of Labor or apply for relief through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Noem says she plans to meet with health officials in Sioux Falls early this week and make the trip to Rapid City on Wednesday.