South Dakota recorded 1,088 new COVID-19 cases — including 16 new infections in Clay County — in Wednesday’s update from the Department of Health (DOH).

Wednesday’s numbers likely reflected a lag in statistical reporting due to the Native American Day holiday Monday.

Clay County’s 16 new cases represented its biggest one-day rise since Sept. 9. One new hospitalization was also reported. For the past week (since Oct.), Clay County saw 27 new cases, with its number of active cases rising by two to 45. The DOH portal showed no current COVID-19 cases at the Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.

Yankton County recorded 33 new cases, the second time this month the county has reported more than 30 new positive tests in a single daily report. The county also recorded 31 new recoveries, and the number of active cases rose to 147. There were also two new hospitalizations posted. According to the DOH online portal, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital had 11 COVID-19 cases, all of whom were in intensive care, with one on a ventilator. Meanwhile, the portal showed the South Dakota Human Services Center with no current COVID-19 patients. Also, there were no active cases reported at either the Yankton Community Work Center or the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.

Also locally, Union County recorded 18 new infections, the second straight day the county has seen a double-digit increase in cases.

Other area South Dakota counties reporting new cases Wednesday included: Bon Homme County, +3; Charles Mix County, +6; Douglas County, +4; and Turner County, +4.

Statewide, the 1,088 new cases represented the biggest one-day increase since Sept. 8.

However, active cases in South Dakota dropped 4.8% to 6,089, the lowest level since Sept. 3. Active hospitalizations rose by five to 207; there were 57 new hospitalizations reported.

No new deaths were reported, keeping the state toll at 2,177.

The University of South Dakota online portal Wednesday reported 12 active cases (all students), which was unchanged from Tuesday. There were 20 people in quarantine/isolation (+2), none of whom were on campus (-1).


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