Active COVID cases up slightly, Hoven moves some classes online

PIERRE, S.D. ( – The state’s active cases of COVID-19 rose by 47 today, and there were no new deaths according to numbers released by the South Dakota Department of Health. The state had 173 new confirmed cases and 126 new recoveries, pushing the amount of active infections to 2,890 (there were 2,499 one week ago). The state’s death total remained at 202.

In all, South Dakota has had 18,869 cases with 15,777 recoveries. There are currently 161 people hospitalized in association with the virus.

Locally, Hoven High School has decided to go to online learning for students in grades 7-12. Superintendent Jeremy Hurd addressed the issue in a video on the school’s Facebook page. He said there are currently four students who have tested positive for the virus. The school is closed both today and tomorrow. Online classes will start on Wednesday.

In Brown County, there were four new cases and three new recoveries, slightly increasing the amount of active infections to 126. In all, the county has had 1,031 total cases, 902 recoveries and three COVID-related deaths.

Statewide, Minnehaha County has had 6,231 confirmed cases, followed by Pennington County with 2,004, and Lincoln County with 1,212. Other counties totals include Codington with 719, Beadle with 703, Brookings with 680 and Clay with 537.

There have been 963 cases in K-12 schools. Of those, 678 have recovered. The cases include 674 students and 289 staff. Meanwhile in post-secondary schools, there have been 1,172 cases with 1,013 recoveries. Those cases include 1,115 students and 57 staff.