South Dakota reports 90 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – Coronavirus cases in South Dakota exceed 600 with a majority of the new cases reported near Sioux Falls.

90 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday by the state Department of Health. 86 of the new cases are in Minnehaha County.

“It is important to note that Minnehaha County is currently experiencing substantial community spread of COVID-19,” said Department of Health Communications Director Derrick Haskins in an email Saturday morning.

South Dakota reports a total of 626 cases with 438 of them tied to Minnehaha County. Officials have previously identified a “hot spot” at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, with 238 cases tied to the pork plant as of Saturday.

West River cases remain the same Saturday, only contributing 24 cases to the statewide total. A majority of cases West River have recovered, according to the S.D. Department of Health website.

12 additional people across the state have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 189, or roughly 30 percent of overall cases.

Since reporting began, 7,378 tests have returned negative from private labs and the state Public Health Lab. Two samples are still pending at the state lab.

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