State sets another record high for active COVID cases, adds 13 more deaths

PIERRE, S.D. ( – South Dakota reached another record high for active COVID cases and added 13 more COVID-related deaths according to numbers released by the State Department of Health today. The state had 797 new cases, 256 recoveries and now has 7,132 active infections (there were 4,673 one week ago). The new deaths – three in Minnehaha, two each in Jerauld and Meade, and one each in Beadle, Brule, Gregory, Lincoln, Oglala and Turner counties – bring the state total to 304.

So far, South Dakota has had 31,012 confirmed cases and 23,576 recoveries. There are currently 304 individuals hospitalized in association with the virus.

Locally, Brown County had 24 new cases and 18 recoveries, increasing the amount of active infections to 312. In all, the county has had 1,650 confirmed cases, 1,334 recoveries, and four COVID-related deaths. There are currently 14 people hospitalized because of the virus.

Statewide, Minnehaha County has had 8,531 confirmed cases, followed by Pennington County with 3,378, and Lincoln County with 2,022. Other counties totals include Codington with 1,180, Brookings with 1,085, Beadle with 1,016, Meade with 752, Hughes with 684, and Clay with 677.