State sets another record with 28 more COVID deaths

PIERRE, S.D. ( – The state reported a second straight day of record-setting COVID-related deaths and also saw an increase in active infections and hospitalizations, according to numbers released by the South Dakota Department of Health today. The state had 28 more deaths (five in Turner County, four in Lincoln, three each in Beadle and Minnehaha, two each in Todd and Union, and one each in Aurora, Brookings, Buffalo, Butte, Dewey, Faulk, Jackson, Lyman and Marshall), to move the overall death toll to 510.

South Dakota also had 1,488 new confirmed cases and 644 recoveries, increasing the amount of active cases by 816 to 14,426 (there were 13,520 one week ago). Hospitalizations also increased by 18, and there are now 493 individuals hospitalized in connection with the virus.

In all, the state has had 52,639 confirmed cases and 37,703 recoveries.

Locally, Brown County had 68 new confirmed cases and 14 recoveries, pushing the amount of active infections to 524. Overall, the county has had 2,444 confirmed cases and 1,914 recoveries. There have been six COVID-related deaths.

Statewide, Minnehaha County has had 13,821 confirmed cases, followed by Pennington County with 5,475, and Lincoln County with 3,541. Other counties totals include Codington with 1,883, Brookings with 1,675, Beadle with 1,563, Davison with 1,334, Lawrence with 1,253, Oglala Lakota with 1,208, and Meade with 1,149.