South Dakota coronavirus-related deaths rise by three, six new cases West River

PIERRE, S.D. – Three more people have died in Minnehaha County after testing positive for COVID-19. In the county alone, 19 have died. A total of 24 have died across the state.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose across South Dakota by 53 Tuesday – including six West River. Confirmed cases now total 2,721.

In West River counties, two new cases were confirmed in Pennington County, one in Meade County, and three in Todd County. This brings the number of active cases in the western half of the state to 20.

In Minnehaha County, there were 25 new cases Tuesday morning. State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton said in a morning press conference that none of the new cases were tied to Smithfield Foods, the meat processing plant in Sioux Falls forced to close over coronavirus concerns. Of the 853 Smithfield employees who tested positive for COVID-19, 756 have recovered from the virus.

According to the Department of Health, there are 802 active cases in South Dakota, down from 817 on Monday. Seventy five people are currently hospitalized. A total of 220 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus treatement.

The number of newly recovered individuals is 65 as of Tuesday morning. Statewide recoveries are now up to 1,895.

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