COVID-19

Charles Mix County’s June surge in COVID-19 cases continued in Wednesday’s daily update from the state, with the county reporting seven new positive tests.

Meanwhile, South Dakota reported one new death while Nebraska recorded seven new COVID-19 deaths in its latest update issued Tuesday night.

Clay County’s number of known cases was edited down by one to 76. Cases are occasionally reassigned to other counties upon further investigation. There are 17 active cases and 59 recovered cases in the county. There have been no deaths and the number of people ever hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county has been changed to four. Community spread in the county is substantial.

The number of known cases in Charles Mix County climbed to 56 Wednesday, with 39 of those being reported since June 1. The county also saw two more hospitalizations due to COVID-19, raising the total so far to 22. There are currently 33 active cases in the county. There were 49 new tests results reported Wednesday, indicating an increase in testing occurring in the county.

Yankton County reported two more positive tests Wednesday, giving it 70 known cases to date. One new hospitalization, the county’s sixth overall, was reported, while one new recovery was reported (56).

Union County reported one new positive test, its 118th. One new recovery was also reported (106).

Statewide, South Dakota’s new death was its 84th of the year. It was uncertain where the death was located.

Other South Dakota statistics reported Wednesday included:

• Total Positive Tests — 6,419 (+66)

• Active Cases — 781 (+8)

• Total Tests — 75,077 (+1,061)

• Hospitalizations — 629 ever hospitalized (+5); 81 currently hospitalized (-4)

• Recoveries — 5,554 (+15)

In Nebraska, the seven new deaths brought the state’s COVID-19 toll to 256, according to the Department of Health and Human Services website update posted late Tuesday.

Locally, Knox (17th known case) and Cedar (11) counties each reported one new positive test.

Statewide, there were 135 new positive tests reported, bringing the total number of known cases to 18,092. The total number of tests processed rose to 161,494 (+2667).

The number of recovered cases moved to 12,099 (+119).

There are currently 125 people hospitalized (-10), while the total number hospitalized to date rose to 1,257 (+23).

June 23

South Dakota reported two new deaths and Nebraska saw five new deaths in the latest COVID-19 updates from the two states.

Meanwhile, Clay County (county seat: Vermillion) reported four new positive tests Tuesday to bring its number of known cases to 77.

There are 18 active cases and 59 recovered cases in the county. There have been no deaths and the number of people ever hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county is five. Community spread in the county is substantial.

South Dakota’s deaths occurred in Minnehaha (Sioux Falls) and Pennington (Rapid City) counties. They bring the state’s toll to 83 deaths related to COVID-19, according to Tuesday’s daily report.

In the area, Clay County’s new cases come after several days of no new positive tests. The county also had two new recoveries (59 overall) and has 18 cases currently active.

Yankton County saw no new cases for the first time in a week; in fact, the number was edited down by one to 68, which usually indicates a positive test being reassigned to another county after further investigation. Yankton County saw one new recovery (55) and now has 13 active cases.

Also, Charles Mix County (Lake Andes) reported no new cases for the first time since June 16. However, another hospitalization was reported, giving the county 20 total hospitalizations during the pandemic. The county currently has 26 active cases.

Other South Dakota statistics for Tuesday included:

• Total Positive Tests — 6,353 (+27)

• Active Cases — 773 (-35)

• Total Tests — 74,016 (+990)

• Hospitalizations — 624 ever hospitalized (+8); 85 currently hospitalized (-3)

• Recoveries — 5,497 (+60)

In Nebraska, the five new deaths reported by the Department of Health and Human Services late Monday give the state a total of 249.

Cedar County (Hartington) reported one new positive test, its 10th, and Dixon County (Ponca) also reported one new case, its 44th.

Overall, Nebraska recorded 147 new positive tests as of late Monday, giving the state 17,957 known cases to date. There were 2,136 new tests processed to raise the state’s total to 158,827.

Recoveries across the state rose to 11,980 (+415).

There are 135 people currently hospitalized in Nebraska (-6). The total number ever hospitalized is 1,234.

June 22

South Dakota reported a light day of testing in its daily COVID-19 update Monday, but Yankton and Charles Mix counties each reported one new positive test.

Clay County reported no new positive tests, maintaining a trend with a total of 73 positive tests. There are 16 active cases and 57 recovered cases in the county. There have been no deaths and the number of people ever hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county has been four. Community spread in the county is substantial.

The state recorded 29 new cases on just 303 new tests. The state now has 6,326 known cases and has processed a total of 73,329 tests for a test infection rate of 8.6%.

Yankton County’s new case is its 69th overall, and it marked the seventh straight day the county has reported at least one new positive test. The number of recovered cases remained at 54.

Charles Mix County (county seat: Lake Andes) saw its number of known cases rise to 49. Also, one new hospitalization was reported, giving it 19 to date. The county currently has 29 active cases.

In Monday’s daily briefing, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton said the low number of test results has become a normal sign of reduced weekend testing, adding that the volume rises during the weekdays.

On the topic of testing, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon was asked a question regarding a remark made by President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday in which he said — perhaps in jest — that he wanted testing to slow down because it creates higher case numbers.

“I don’t think we’ve seen an impact of people not coming for testing because of public comments made by folks outside of the state,” she told reporters. “We have put out guidance that it’s expected that providers be able to test all symptomatic individuals as well as particularly vulnerable individuals. …

“As I’ve indicated before, we have a goal to test up to 5% of the population. That’s well beyond the minimum requirement for the state. We feel like we will be able to reach that goal.”

Malsam-Rysdon was also asked if the state has any plans to possibly offer mass testing in schools and universities this fall.

“We’re working right now with Department of Education and the Board of Regents to help provide guidance and assistance to those in K-12 and (university environments) on how they can safely have a fall semester,” she said. “We’re working on that right now. I don’t have more detail on what those plans will look like, but there are a lot of questions out there about that.”

Other South Dakota statewide statistics for Monday included:

• Hospitalizations — 616 ever hospitalized (+8); 88 currently hospitalized (-1)

• Deaths — 81 (0)

• Recoveries — 5,437 (+49); recovery rate: 85.9%

• Active Cases — 808 (-19)

In Nebraska, 103 new cases were reported by the Department of Health and Human Services late Sunday, giving the state 17,810 cases overall.

In the region, Dixon County (Ponca) reported three new cases, raising its total to 43.

A total of 2,268 tests were processed, raising the state total to 156,691.

The number of recoveries as of late Sunday stood at 11,565 (+211).

No new deaths were reported. The state count remained at 244.

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June 21

Yankton County reported three new positive tests in Sunday’s daily COVID-19 update for South Dakota.

The Department of Health report shows no increase from the day before in Clay County. Total positive COVID-19 test numbers in the county remain at 73. There are 18 active cases and 55 recovered cases in the county.

Yankton County now has 68 known cases overall. It marked the sixth straight day that the county has reported at least one new case, the longest such stretch since the pandemic began in early March.

Charles Mix County (county seat: Lake Andes) recorded one new case, raising its total to 48. The county also saw two new hospitalizations; the county has reported eight hospitalizations in the last four days.

Union County (Elk Point) reported one new positive test, giving it 117 overall. It also saw one new recovery (102).

Also, the positive test figure for Turner County (Parker) was amended down by one to 24. This is usually due to a case being reassigned to a different county. The county’s count had been at 25 since June 2.

South Dakota statewide statistics for Sunday included:

Total Cases — 6,397 (+72)

Total Tests — 73,026 (+1,111)

Deaths — 81 (0)

Recoveries — 5,389 (+54)

Active Cases — 827 (+18)

Hospitalizations — 608 ever hospitalized (+10); 89 currently hospitalized (-2)

In Nebraska, 116 new positive tests were reported by the Department of Health and Human Services late Saturday, giving the state 17,707 known cases. There were 2,383 new tests reported to give the state 154,423 tests processed overall. The number of recovered cases stood at 11,565 (+253).

June 20

In Saturday’s daily COVID-19 update for South Dakota, Clay County (Vermillion) recorded three new positive tests, bringing its total to 73. Two more recoveries (55 overall) were reported.

Three area counties also reported new cases.

Charles Mix County (Lake Andes) reported two more cases, bringing its total to 47. Three more recoveries (20) were reported, but the county also saw four new hospitalizations (16).

Union County (Elk Point) also saw two new cases (116). One new recovery was reported (101).

Yankton County recorded one new positive test, bringing the county’s total to 65 known cases. It was also the fifth day in a row the county has seen at least one new positive test. There was one new recovery to report (55).

South Dakota statistics for Saturday included:

• Total Cases — 6225 (+67)

• Total Tests — 71,915 (+722)

• Deaths — 81 (0)

• Recoveries — 5,555 (+59)

• Active Cases — 809 (+8)

• Hospitalizations — 598 ever hospitalized (+9); currently hospitalized: 91 (-4)

In Nebraska, four new deaths were reported as of 6 p.m. Friday, bringing the state’s total to 244.

There were 176 new cases reported, giving the state 17,591. Approximately 4,000 tests were processed, raising the state total to 152,040.

The state’s recoveries rose to 11,312 (+246).

Cedar County (Hartington) reported one new positive test, its ninth, while Dixon County (Ponca) also recorded a new case, its 40th.

June 19

South Dakota reported three new COVID-19 deaths in the state’s daily update Friday.

Also, Nebraska recorded six new deaths in its update posted late Thursday on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Clay County (Vermillion) reported no new positive COVID-19 tests Friday. Its total number of positive tests remains at 70. There are 17 active coronavirus cases in the county, with 53 recoveries. There have been no deaths and four individuals have ever been hospitalized. Community spread in the county is substantial.

South Dakota saw two new deaths in Pennington County (Rapid City) and one in Jackson County (Kadoka), which was its first. The state now has 81 deaths overall.

Locally, the case spike in Charles Mix County (Lake Andes) continued with four new positive tests reported Friday. The county now has 45 known cases overall, 28 of which have been recorded since June 1. There were 24 new tests processed. Also, two new hospitalizations were reported.

Yankton County reported another new case, its 64th overall and sixth in the past week. Nineteen new tests were processed.

Union County (Elk Point) registered one new case, its 114th. Two more recoveries were reported to raise the county’s total to 100. There were 13 new cases processed.

In Nebraska, Knox County (Center) recorded three new cases as of late Thursday, giving the county 16 cases overall. To date, 272 tests have been processed.

Overall in South Dakota, 49 new positive tests were reported Friday, giving the state 6,158 known cases overall. There were 840 new tests processed, raising the state’s total to 71,193 for a test infection rate of 8.6 percent.

During a media briefing Friday, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon provided an update on the mass testing in long-term care facilities. So far, 8,182 residents and 10,096 staff have been tested, with 49 residents and 33 staff testing positive. She said the testing program is about 98 percent complete, and it will be followed by a sentinel testing program in which each facility will randomly test two asymptomatic staff members and one asymptomatic resident weekly to monitor any new signs of the coronavirus.

Other South Dakota statistics released Friday included:

• Recoveries — 5,276 (+75); recovery rate of 85.6%

• Active cases — 801 (-9)

• Hospitalizations — 689 ever hospitalized (+4), 95 currently hospitalized (+2)

In Nebraska, the six new deaths brought the state’s total to 240.

The DHHS reported 189 new positive tests as of 6 p.m. Thursday, giving the state 17,415 known cases. There were 3,473 new tests processed, lifting the state total to 148,039 for a test infection rate of 11.7 percent.

There were 305 new recoveries reported, giving the state 11,066 total for a recovery rate of 63.5%.

Here are area county statistics as of Friday, listed in positive cases, recoveries and negative cases, with hospitalizations in parentheses:

• Bon Homme County — 11 positive cases / 8 recovered / 519 negative cases (1 hospitalized)

• Charles Mix County — 45 / 17/ 456 (12)

• Clay County — 70 / 53 / 825 (4)

• Douglas County — 4 / 4 / 282 (0)

• Hutchinson County — 10 / 7 / 612 (2)

• Turner County — 25 / 23 / 563 (3)

• Union County — 114 /100/ 1,164 (6)

• Yankton County — 64 / 53 / 1,996 (5)

In Nebraska’s Cedar County (Hartington), there have been eight known cases and 164 total tests processed, while in Dixon County (Ponca), there have been 39 known cases (one death) and 327 tests processed.

June 18

In Thursday’s daily COVID-19 for South Dakota, Clay County (Vermillion) registered one new case, bringing its total to 70. Six more people were listed as recovered, bringing that total to 50 overall. One new hospitalization was reported; it is the county’s fourth.

Charles Mix County (county seat: Lake Andes) continued to show more cases with four new positive tests.

Charles Mix County now has 41 cases overall, 21 of which have been reported this month.

Yankton County reported another new positive test, its 63rd overall and fifth this week. The county also recorded one new person hospitalized, its fifth since the pandemic began, and one new recovered case, its 43rd.

Hutchinson County (Olivet) also reported a new positive test, giving it 10 known cases overall. One more person was listed as recovered, the county’s seventh to date.

Overall, South Dakota reported 59 new cases Thursday to bring its total of known cases to 6,109. There were 1,365 new tests processed, raising the state’s total to 70,353 processed tests to date.

No new deaths were reported. The state count remained at 78.

Other statewide statistics for Thursday included:

• Recoveries — 5,221 (+78); recovery rate of 85.4%;

• Active cases — 810 (-19)

• Hospitalizations — 585 ever hospitalized (+15); 93 currently hospitalized (+2)

In Nebraska, three new COVID-19 deaths were reported as of Wednesday, giving the state a total of 234.

There were 195 new positive tests, bringing the state’s total of known cases to 17,226. There were 2,430 tests processed; the state has processed 144,566 tests to date. Recovered cases climbed to 10,761 (+232), giving the state a recovery rate of 62.4%.

In Iowa’s Woodbury County (Sioux City), one new death was reported, giving the county 42 to date.

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