Brown County has first COVID death; active cases decrease

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Brown County has experienced its first COVID-19 related death. It was reported among the four new deaths statewide today.

That brings the state’s death total to 54 during the coronavirus pandemic. Of the four new deaths, two were male and two were female.

As a whole, the number of active cases both in Brown County and statewide decreased. Brown County has two new cases and eight new recoveries, lowering the number of active cases to 75. Brown County has 261 total confirmed cases and 185 confirmed recoveries to go along with 1,377 negative tests.

The state reported 57 new cases on Wednesday and 91 new recoveries, lowering the number of active cases to 1,037. That number stood at 1,121 two days ago. The state also reported 911 new negative cases.

According to information from Josh Clayton, State Epidemiologist, 117 of the 149 people who tested positive in connection with the DemKota Ranch beef plant in Aberdeen have recovered.

South Dakota’s total number of confirmed cases is 4,710, total recoveries are 3,619 and total negative cases are 33,296. There are currently 101 people hospitalized.

Beadle county continued to see its cases increase, with 13 new confirmed cases on Wednesday bringing the county total to 163. Pennington had 10 new cases to move its total to 172.

Minnehaha County leads the state with 3,330 confirmed cases and had 11 new cases today.