SD DOH: 15 new COVID-19 cases, one death in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – According to Thursday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health, 15 new positive cases have been discovered in Pennington County, along with one death due to COVID-19
One additional Minnehaha County resident has died from coronavirus-related complications. A total of 41 people have died in that county alone. Statewide, 48 have died.
A total of 4,250 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 73 from Wednesday. 17 of Thursday’s new cases are West River – 15 in Pennington County, 1 in Meade County and 1 in Lyman County.
On Wednesday, Governor Kristi Noem broke a nearly two-week-old stalemate between the state and two tribes in South Dakota after “weeks of attempts” to resolve conflicts over tribal checkpoints.
In early May, Gov. Noem demanded the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes remove their checkpoints on state and federal highways. The tribes have since refused and after multiple conversations between the State and tribal leaders, the Governor ordered the state Attorney General to investigate the checkpoints. The investigation, which Gov. Noem says is on-going, has “produced affidavits and video recordings.”
In a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday, Gov. Noem says “interrogations of travelers are occurring on US/State highways, unlawful tribal checkpoints are being operated in violation of applicable law”, and “some travelers are being turned around as a checkpoint becomes a blockade.” She goes on to claim interstate commerce is being “adversely affected.”
Across the state, 1,057 cases are considered active. That number is down from 1,108 on Wednesday. An additional 122 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 3,145.
A total of 91 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 342 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.