SD DOH: 87 new positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, two deaths

PIERRE, S.D. – Thursday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health show 87 new COVID-19 cases statewide.

One additional Minnehaha County resident and one Pennington County resident have died from coronavirus-related complications. Statewide, 64 have died.

A total of 5,247 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 87 from Wednesday. 27 of Thursday’s new cases are West River – 18 in Pennington County, two in Meade County, two in Oglala Lakota County, one in Lyman County, three in Todd County and one in Ziebach County.

The Department of Health is completing its mass testing of nursing and assisted living homes across the state. More than 5,200 residents, and seven-thousand-plus staffers were tested.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases was under one percent.

“In fact less than one half of one percent range so we are pleased by that we are still working on getting through the levels the tiers 3 and tiers 4 assisted living facilities,” said South Dakota Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon. “So we expect to see the number of total tested increase in the coming week and a half to two weeks.”

Testing of the facilities will continue, and the Department of Health will keep the public updated.

Across the state, 1,020 cases are considered active. That number is up from 1,016 on Wednesday. An additional 79 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 4,163.

A total of 86 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 464 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

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