White House report says state had second highest rate of COVID cases

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – A report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force says South Dakota had the second highest rate of new cases in the country and was in the red zone for positive test rates.

The report says the state had 235 new cases per 100,000 population compared to a national average of 88 per 100,000.

Health Department Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says they are following all CDC pandemic guidelines.

Malsam-Rysdon says they continue to monitor the positive test rates.


Malsam-Rysdon says they continue to increase the number of coronavirus tests across the state.


So far over 213,000 virus tests have been conducted since the pandemic began in the spring.