SD COVID-19 cases top 100, numbers grow West River

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reports Monday COVID-19 cases are up 11, bringing the state’s total number to 101.

New West River cases Monday include one in Butte County, two in Lawrence County, and one in Pennington County. The seven other new cases are East River, where more counties are classified as having community spread.

Just over 30 percent of all patients have recovered from the virus. Nearly 3,500 tests from both the South Dakota Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories have come back negative.

Last week, details emerged of a Monument Health caregiver at the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Institute that tested positive for coronavirus that had contact with over 100 patients. Since then, four other Pennington County cases have emerged. SD Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon has said previously, the investigation continues into the transmission of the virus to the new patients. Monday, she clarified the newest patient is not connected to the caregiver.

In a Monday press conference, South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says all the individuals who may have been exposed through the cancer institute “are being followed up appropriately.” He adds that the people are in quarantine and being monitored for symptoms but the individuals will not be tested unless they show symptoms.

Malsam-Rysdon says the state’s testing supplies support high-priority test processing that will “meet the need for South Dakota.”

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