Coronavirus cases increase by 33 in South Dakota, no new deaths reported

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (By The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Dakota increased by 33 and no new deaths were reported on Monday.

South Dakota has a total of 5,471 COVID-19 cases as of Monday, according to the state health department. That doesn’t include people who show symptoms or are asymptomatic but are not tested. A total of 759 test results were reported on Monday and the positive rate for coronavirus tests on Monday was 4.3%.

The number of coronavirus deaths remained at 65 in South Dakota on Monday.

The state has 1,003 active COVID-19 cases, according to the state health department. Recoveries statewide increased to 4,403. The state health department says 482 total people have been hospitalized during the pandemic, and 92 are currently hospitalized.

Coronavirus patients are occupying 4% of staffed hospital beds in the state while 53% of hospital beds are available, according to the state health department. Coronavirus patients are occupying 5% of intensive care unit beds, and 36% of ICU beds are available. Seven percent of ventilators are being used by coronavirus patients while 84% of the state’s ventilator capacity is available.

Mass testing at South Dakota’s long-term care facilities has been completed. Thirty-seven of 6,321 residents tested positive and 28 of 8,733 staff tested positive, according to Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon.

Malsam-Rysdon announced on Monday that a new coronavirus cluster began at the Avantara Arrowhead nursing home in Rapid City over the weekend. One resident was found to be positive during the state’s mass testing. The facility did additional testing and five residents tested positive on Thursday. Twenty new positive cases were reported among residents and staff over the weekend. Three residents were hospitalized as of Sunday. The Department of Health has been in contact with the facility and will be providing assistance, Malsam-Rysdon said.

South Dakota hasn’t had any reported cases of the pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a condition that has been found in children in other states that’s connected to the coronavirus.

Cases in Minnehaha County increased by two to a total of 3,409, and Lincoln County’s cases increased by zero and remained at 254 cases, according to the state health department. Of the cases, 3,069 have recovered in Minnehaha County and 228 cases have recovered in Lincoln County.

Brown County case, now at 299, increased by one. The number of active cases is down three to 44. In all, 15 have ever been hospitalized, one has died and 1,848 have tested negative.

Codington County gained two positive cases for a total of 43, of which 11 are active. Of all cases, four have required hospitalization and 1,215 have tested negative.

Pennington County saw the largest increase on Monday with nine new cases, for a total of 314 cases. Other increases on Monday included three cases each in Beadle County (385 total), Clay (35 total), Davison (30 total) and Yankton (58 total), and two cases each in Meade (26 total) and Codington (43 total).

The coronavirus isn’t impacting the entire state simultaneously, but there will be an overall peak for the state, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton said.

A couple of counties saw their first coronavirus cases in recent days. The counties that haven’t had a positive case as of Monday are Bennett, Butte, Campbell, Haakon, Harding, Jones, Mellette, Perkins and Potter.

Dakota Provisions, the turkey processing facility in Huron, now has 52 cases connected to it, of which 23 have recovered, according to Clayton. Of the 163 cases connected to DemKota Ranch Beef in Aberdeen, 149 have recovered and 58 of the 107 cases connected to LSI Jack Link’s in Alpena have recovered. A few more Smithfield employees have recovered, bringing the total recovered cases to 848 of 853.

The Department of Health issued new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for health care providers about antibody testing on Saturday. The CDC isn’t strongly recommending antibody testing at this time, Clayton said. Two different antibody tests are recommended to determine the true result and ensure that it’s not a false positive. A positive antibody test means a person has been exposed to the coronavirus and doesn’t mean a person is immune, he said.

The state public health lab will begin processing antibody tests on June 29, according to the guidance.