Clayton says officials had been anticipating surge

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – The South Dakota Health Department reported 747 new positive cases of COVID-19 yesterday, a one-day record high. Officials said some of those cases had been delayed from earlier in the week.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says the virus is spreading out across the state.

Clayton says they had been anticipating a surge in positive cases.

Clayton says prediction models did offer them some guidance for the current surge.

The state is reporting just over 3,800 active cases with over 19,000 recovered.