56 new positive cases in South Dakota Friday; one new death


No new cases in Brookings County Friday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 56 new positive coronavirus cases and one new death in South Dakota Friday.

There were no new cases in Brookings County Friday.

Brookings County cases remain at 57 positive tests, and 40 of those people have recovered, with 17 active cases. There have been 1,570 negative tests in Brookings County as of Friday, and three people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported. There have been no deaths here.

Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category. Substantial community spread means there are five-plus cases of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county or a distinct group of cases in a single area.

The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 6,535 as of midday Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the 6,535 statewide cases, 795 are classified as active (down by five from Thursday). As of Friday, 5,652 people have recovered (60 new), 639 people have been hospitalized at some point (seven new), 79 people are currently hospitalized (no change), and 88 people have died.

The new death is a woman from Pennington County in the 80-plus years age category.

There have been 70,480 total negative tests (1,105 new) in South Dakota.

Increases in positive cases Friday included, but are not limited to, seven in Beadle County, three in Lincoln, 17 in Minnehaha, three in Oglala Lakota, four in Pennington and three in Yankton.

The state Department of Health generally does not identify the specific communities within a county where cases are located, or a business, event or setting that may be the source of a surge to protect patient confidentiality.

Only a few exceptions are made, such as clusters when there are 40 or more cases identified in a single workplace/setting. The DOH will also issue a public health notice when an employee or patron of a business is unable to identify persons they were in close contact with (15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less) while able to transmit the virus.

No public health notices regarding specific businesses have been issued in Brookings County so far.

The actual number of infections in the state is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

The figures released by the state Department of Health do not include individuals who are asymptomatic or have symptoms of the coronavirus but are not being tested.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

Learn more at www.covid.sd.gov.

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