Brown County gains three new positive cases during weekend

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Brown County gained three positive cases of COVID-19 during the weekend, according to Saturday and Sunday reports from the South Dakota Department of Health.

Aberdeen Mayor Travis Schaunaman said one positive COVID-19 case in the county has been attributed to an employee of Molded Fiber Glass.

“They did report in one case, but it was a brand new hire, so I don’t anticipate spread from that employee,” Schaunaman said in an email to the American News on Sunday.

He said that MFG has proactive measures in place for screening and spread-prevention at the Aberdeen facility that manufactures blades for wind turbines.

South Dakota gained 131 new positive cases on Saturday and an additional 93 cases of the virus on Sunday, bringing the state total to 1,635. That’s an increase of 224 new cases in two days. No new deaths were reported.

On Friday, it was confirmed that at least one of the positive cases in Brown County was found in a DemKota Ranch Beef employee, according to prior American News reports. Brown County now lists 20 positive cases of the virus, with 11 recoveries.

“A realistic goal isn’t that that we have zero new cases. COVID 19 is in the state and spreading. We are trying to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed and ensure it is not needlessly spread, especially to people in high-risk categories,” said Schaunaman. “We have done a great job with those things.”

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