SD COVID-19 cases rise to 21, Gov. says community spread could be days away

PIERRE, S.D. – COVID-19 cases have surged in Beadle County, bringing South Dakota’s number of patients to 21.

As of Sunday morning, there are seven new coronavirus cases in South Dakota – six in Beadle County and one in Brown County.

Governor Kristi Noem addressed members of the media Sunday to provide an update on the state’s count. Of the Beadle County cases, Noem stressed the importance of taking precautions like social distancing and teleworking seriously to prevent community spread. While these cases are said to be tied to travel or existing cases, Noem says Beadle County is “on the verge of community spread” and it could be days away.

Noem urges Beadle County and “specifically Huron” to take action now to protect the community.

The breakdown of new Beadle County cases is as follows:

  • Male, 60s
  • Female, 50s
  • Female, 20s
  • Male, 20s
  • Female, 10s
  • Male, 10s

The case in Brown County, a man in his 60’s, is tied to travel outside of the state.

The South Dakota Department of Health reports 58 high-priority tests were run Saturday and 51 proved negative. Since testing began, 740 tests have been negative and 277 tests are still pending at the State Public Health Laboratory. SD Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says there are still 700 tests out to commercial labs.

Of the 21 positive cases, Noem says none of the patients are being hospitalized. Six patients have recovered.

There are still no COVID-19 cases in western South Dakota, as of Sunday.

Noem and Malsam-Rysdon affirm state testing supplies are doing well and “will be for the next couple of days.” The state is running 29 tests Sunday and more information on those results will depend on how quickly they can be processed.

State and local officials continue to receive pushback on social media from citizens criticizing their response in comparison to other states.

Noem says, “It’s important to make decisions based on science and facts and not decisions based on other areas” that don’t have the same demographics or situations as in South Dakota.

Officials in the state say they continue to monitor the situation by talking to healthcare providers every day.

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