SD has 27 more COVID-related deaths, hospitalizations drop sharply

PIERRE, S.D. ( – The state reported 27 more COVID-related deaths, active cases rose by nearly 900, and hospitalizations dropped by more than 60 in numbers released by the South Dakota Department of Health today. The deaths, which included two each in Faulk and Spink counties, and one in Roberts, bring the state’s overall death total to 567. Other deaths included four in both Codington and Pennington, three each in Brookings and Butte, two in Lincoln, and one each in Davison, Fall River, Haakon, Kingsbury, Miner and Minnehaha.

The state had 1,362 new cases and 469 recoveries, increasing the amount of active infections by 893 to 17,461. South Dakota has had 58,696 confirmed cases and 40,668 recoveries. There are currently 543 individuals hospitalized in association with the virus.

Locally, Brown County had 31 new cases and 14 recoveries, increasing the amount of active infections to 616. In all, the county has had 2,644 confirmed cases, 2,020 recoveries, and eight COVID-related deaths.

Statewide, Minnehaha County has had 15,366 confirmed cases, followed by Pennington County with 6,175, and Lincoln County with 3,974. Other counties totals include Codington with 2,052, Brookings with 1,854, Beadle with 1,743, Davison with 1,599, Lawrence with 1,454, Oglala Lakota with 1,301, and Meade with 1,271.