Sioux Falls nursing home reports 20 total deaths

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Good Samaritan Society says at least 20 residents of the Sioux Falls Village senior living facility have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Argus Leader reports four more residents have died. The newspaper reports it’s the most number of deaths tied to a single facility in South Dakota during the coronavirus pandemic, and makes up about half of the 39 deaths overall reported by the state.

A spokesman for Sanford Health says in total, the Sioux Falls Village has had 106 confirmed cases involving residents and employees.

Statewide, the number of COVID-19 deaths in South Dakota rose by five Tuesday, to 39. Forty-nine new cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to 3,663.

The Argus Leader also reports the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota is on lockdown until noon Mountain time Wednesday due to the coronavirus. The Oglala Sioux Tribe says the lockdown began on Monday night after the reservation’s first two COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday.