Coronavirus cases increase by 92 in South Dakota, no new deaths reported

Coronavirus cases increase by 92 in South Dakota, no new deaths reported


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Dakota increased by 92 on Wednesday, and no new deaths were reported.

South Dakota has a total of 4,177 COVID-19 cases, according to the state health department. That doesn’t include people who show symptoms or are asymptomatic but are not tested. A total of 680 tests results were reported on Wednesday, with a positive rate of 13.5%.

The number of deaths in the state due to the coronavirus remained at 46.

Cases in Minnehaha County increased by 17 to a total of 3,182, and Lincoln County’s cases increased by four to a total of 209 cases, according to the state health department. Of the cases, 2,434 have recovered in Minnehaha County and 167 cases have recovered in Lincoln County.

The state has 1,108 active COVID-19 cases, according to the state health department. Recoveries statewide increased to 3,023. The state health department says 333 total people have been hospitalized during the pandemic, and 81 are currently hospitalized.

All but 12 of the 853 employee cases have recovered that were connected to Smithfield before it closed operations in April, according to state epidemiologist Josh Clayton. He declined to give a specific number of Smithfield employees who tested positive at the mass testing event earlier this month, but said that about 24% of the 3,700 tests administered to Smithfield employees and their families members were positive.

Beadle County saw the largest increase on Wednesday when the cases jumped from 43 on Tuesday to 68 on Wednesday. Fewer than 10 cases are connected to the Dakota Provisions turkey processing plant in Huron, according to state epidemiologist Josh Clayton. 

Brown County surpassed Lincoln County for the second highest number of cases in the state on Wednesday. The county had 211 cases on Wednesday. A total of 128 cases are connected to DemKota Ranch Beef in Aberdeen, according to Clayton.

Pennington County saw an increase of 11 cases to a total of 85 cases, according to the health department.

Gov. Kristi Noem is scheduled to give a coronavirus update at 3 p.m. CT.

Federal funds for testing

South Dakota will receive $57.9 million of the $10.25 billion announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand coronavirus testing capacity in states. The funds will come from the Paycheck Protection Program and the Health Care Enhancement Act.

Health officials are determining how they will use those funds, but some of it will cover the costs of mass testing at long-term care facilities and in Native American communities, Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said. The state will also spend some of the funds on costs associated with increasing contact tracing needs, she said.

Indian Health Services will also provide $750 million to IHS, tribal and urban Indian Health programs to expand testing capacity, HHS announced on Tuesday. The allocation of those funds will be announced in the coming days.



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