South Dakota reports seventh coronavirus-related death

PIERRE, S.D. – A seventh person has died from the coronavirus in South Dakota as case numbers across the state surpass 1,300.

The state reports Thursday 143 new COVID-19 positives, bringing the total for South Dakota to 1,311. All but 12 new cases are connected to Minnehaha County.

Cases tied to Smithfield Foods grow to 598 total employees with an additional 135 people who have tested positive after close contact with those employees. Minnehaha County alone reports a total of 1,065 cases with 221 recoveries.

The South Dakota Department of Health also reports a seventh person has died from coronavirus-related complications. Officials identify the person as a man in his 60s from Minnehaha County.

One new case is reported West River. One new Pennington County case brings the total to ten. Six have recovered. All who tested positive in Corson, Fall River, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Oglala Lakota, and Todd County have since recovered.

Statewide, 373 people have recovered from COVID-19, up 44 from Wednesday.

A total of 9,239 tests have been reported as negative to the state, up 560 from Wednesday. Two tests are still pending at the state Public Health Laboratory in Pierre.

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