SD DOH: 59 new COVID-19 cases statewide
PIERRE, S.D. – Thursday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health show a total of 6,109 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 59 from Wednesday.
15 of Thursday’s new cases are West River – six in Pennington County, five in Oglala Lakota County, two in Lawrence County and one each in Lyman and Meade Counties.
On Wednesday, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender discussed the Common Council’s decision this week to convert pandemic regulations to recommendations.
Allender says the decision follows the trend seen in most cities around South Dakota. However, the Mayor says the trend was not the motivation for the council’s action, rather it was the community being more conditioned to practice safe behavior than when the pandemic first hit.
“For what we will have lacked in the height of the peak in infections, as first predicted, we are going to make up for in the longevity in the duration of this pandemic,” said Allender. “So stay buckled up out there, we’re going to continue fighting this thing, and to have to practice safe behaviors for many months to come.”
Across the state, 810 cases are considered active. That number is down from 829 on Wednesday. An additional 78 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 5,221.
A total of 93 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 585 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.
No new deaths were reported, leaving the statewide death toll at 78.