South Dakota surpasses 1,100 positive cases of COVID-19

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in South Dakota has surpassed 1,100. Health officials said Wednesday that 180 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last day, bringing the statewide total to 1,168 cases. The Smithfield Foods meat processing plant in Sioux Falls continues to be a hot spot and accounts for more than half of the state’s total. As of Wednesday, 644 people who work at the plant or are connected to workers had been infected. The number of deaths in the state remained unchanged at six.

The state also reported 382 new negative cases bringing that total to 8,691 and 68 new recoveries moving that total to 329. Brown County reported one new positive case, giving the county 15 confirmed cases with 10 recoveries.