SD DOH: 95 new COVID-19 cases statewide, 3 in Pennington County
PIERRE, S.D. – According to Friday’s numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health, 95 new positive cases have been confirmed statewide.
Minnehaha County once again leads the state in new positive COVID-19 cases with 51. One Minnehaha resident has died from coronavirus-related complications. A total of 39 people have died in that county alone. Statewide, 44 have died.
A total of 3,887 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 95 from Thursday. 10 of Friday’s new cases are West River – 3 in Pennington County, 3 in Oglala Lakota County, 2 in Todd County, 1 in Corson County and 1 in Stanley County.
South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said in a Thursday afternoon press conference that starting next week, the state will test residents and employees of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in areas hit hardest by the pandemic. Testing during the first week is estimated to include roughly 7,400 people.
“This is a very tall order but I’m very pleased by the response by the nursing home and assisted living industry,” said Malsam-Rysdon. “This is a foundation for us in our response moving forward.”
By the second week, Malsam-Rysdon says they will expand testing to other similar facilities within the state to target another 10,200 people. During the remaining two weeks, Malsam-Rysdon says another 4,300 people will receive tests.
In the past week, six Indian Health Service patients from Oglala Lakota County have tested positive for COVID-19.
IHS public health nursing staff working with the South Dakota Department of Health are identifying people who have come in contact with the individuals. All precautions are being taken. Due to privacy concerns the names of the individuals are being withheld.
Across the state, 1,269 cases are considered active. That number is down from 1,312 on Thursday. An additional 137 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 2,574.
A total of 80 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 296 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.