SD DOH: 73 new COVID-19 cases statewide, 15 in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – Friday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health show 73 new positive cases of COVID-19, along with five more deaths statewide.
Four additional Minnehaha residents have died from coronavirus-related complications. A total of 49 people have died in that county alone. Friday’s additional death was in Beadle County. Statewide, 59 have died.
A total of 4,866 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 73 from Thursday. 20 of Friday’s new cases are West River – 15 in Pennington County, three in Meade County and two in Lawrence County.
On Thursday Gov. Kristi Noem, alongside the Chief Medical Officer of Sanford Health, responded to concerns over the state’s trial of the drug hydroxychloroquine.
The governor says her office has been flooded with questions about the safety of the drug, and how the trial is being conducted. Doctor Allison Suttle of Sanford says the trial is to determine the drug’s effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 and is not for patients who test positive.
The focus of the study shifted after the World Health Organization issued a warning about the drug. Suttle says South Dakota’s trial uses doses similar to those taken to prevent malaria, and participants are screened for any potential medical issues.
Across the state, 1,063 cases are considered active. That number is up from 1,041 on Thursday. An additional 46 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 3,744.
A total of 95 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 418 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.