SD DOH confirms 1 new positive COVID-19 case in Pennington County, 85 in Minnehaha County

PIERRE, S.D. – Of the 97 new positive COVID-19 cases reported Monday by the South Dakota Department of Health, 85 of those cases were found in Minnehaha County.

A total of 3,614 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota, up 97 from Sunday. Three of Monday’s new cases are West River with one new case each confirmed in Meade, Todd and Pennington Counties. The count of positive cases in Stanley County went down by one, bringing the adjusted total there to eight cases.

On Friday, Gov. Noem sent letters to leaders of both the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, demanding that the tribes lift their checkpoints on state roads and U.S. highways at the borders of their tribal lands. Citing a memorandum from the U.S. Department of Interior, the Governor said the tribes have no authority to restrict access to those roads.

In the letter to Noem sent on Saturday, May 9, the legislators, including State Senators Troy Heinert, Red Dawn Foster and Representatives Oren Lesmeister, Shawn Bordeaux, Peri Pourier and Tamara St. John, cited a ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, that showed “the state has no jurisdiction to dictate any actions on roadways that run through Indian lands.”

Oglala Lakota County has one recorded positive case, which is currently listed as recovered.

Across the state, 1,393 cases are considered active. That number is up 57 from 1,336 on Sunday. An additional 40 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total number of recovered to 2,187.

A total of 78 people are currently hospitalized in the state and a total of 263 people have ever been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

The statewide COVID-19 death toll remains at 34.

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