South Dakota Department of Health tracks new and active COVID-19 cases

PIERRE, S.D. — As active cases hover around the 1,300 mark, South Dakota’s Department of Health says its keeping up with every new case every day, as well as checking in daily with active cases.

Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says that once the state receives notice of a positive result the department is notified within 24 hours, and gets in contact with the patient to conduct an investigation.

Malsam-Rysdon says the department has greatly increased its number of staffers to meet the demand and the state is also working with the National Guard to help with contact tracing.

“The other thing that really helps on after we’ve made contact with those individuals is that they’re enrolled in a text monitoring system,” said Malsam-Rysdon, “So that helps us help them keep track of their system and get them in for testing if they were to show symptoms in the future.”

Malsam-Rysdon says there’s been one instance where the Care19 app, which helps identify community contacts by cell-phone GPS signal, has helped in a virus investigation.

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