SD DOH: 797 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths statewide
PIERRE, S.D. — On Thursday the South Dakota Department of Health reported 797 new cases of COVID-19 in the South Dakota, bringing the statewide total number of cases to 31,012.
13 South Dakota residents have died from coronavirus-related complications: three in Minnehaha County, two each in Jerauld and Meade Counties and one each in Beadle, Brule, Gregory, Lincoln, Oglala Lakota and Pennington Counties . The death toll now stands at 304.
The SD DOH announced that they will be measuring cases based on the national surveillance case definition for COVID-19. According to that definition, a confirmed case includes a person with a positive RT-PCR test and a probable case includes persons with a positive antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. A positive case moves from active to recovered status based on the CDC guidelines for removal from isolation.
97 of Thursday’s 797 total cases are considered as probable cases.
254 cases were reported in West River – 86 in Pennington County, 32 in Oglala Lakota County, 23 in Todd County, 22 in Dewey County, 15 each in Lawrence and Meade Counties, eight in Custer County, six each in Fall River and Harding Counties, five each in Bennett, Butte and Jackson Counties, four each in Perkins, Corson and Gregory Counties, three each in Tripp and Ziebach Counties, two each in Haakon, Mellette and Stanley Counties and one each in Jones and Lyman Counties.
In South Dakota, 7,132 cases are considered active, that number is up from 6,604 on Wednesday. An additional 256 people have recovered from the virus, which puts the total number of recoveries at 23,576.
304 people are currently hospitalized, with a total of 2000 people have ever been hospitalized.