SD DOH: 18 new COVID-19 cases in West River, one Pennington County death

PIERRE, S.D. – Thursday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health show a total of 6,479 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 60 from Wednesday.

18 of Thursday’s new cases are West River – seven in Pennington County, five in Oglala Lakota County, two in Fall River County and one each in Todd, Meade, Bennett and Corson Counties.

One additional Pennington County resident has died from coronavirus-related complications. A total of 13 people have died in that county alone. Buffalo and Faulk Counties each recorded their first COVID-19 related deaths. Statewide, 87 have died.

On Wednesday, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit in the fight over coronavirus checkpoints on reservation land.

The tribe filed a federal lawsuit that names President Donald Trump and several other White House officials in their official capacities for “threatening to take unlawful actions to shut down the Tribe’s Health Safety Checkpoints.” The complaint argues the defendants abused “the power of the federal government, to coerce the Tribe to dismantle” its checkpoints and when that failed, threatened the tribe’s law enforcement contract.

Across the state, 800 cases are considered active. That number is up from 781 on Wednesday. An additional 38 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 5,592.

A total of 79 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 632 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

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