83 new positive COVID-19 tests in S.D., no new deaths


BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 83 new positive coronavirus cases and no new deaths Thursday. 

The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 4,793 as of midday Thursday, up 83 from Wednesday’s data, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Brookings County cases remain at 15 positive tests, and 14 of those people have recovered. There have been 627 negative tests in Brookings County as of Thursday, the state reported.

Of the 4,793 statewide cases, 1,041 are classified as active (up by four from Wednesday). So far, 3,698 people have recovered (79 new), 406 people have been hospitalized at some point (15 new), 105 people are currently hospitalized (up by four), and 54 people have died.

There have been 34,233 total negative tests (937 new) in South Dakota. Of those, laboratories have reported 1,099 negative tests to the SDDOH that are not assigned to specific counties.

The county with the most positive tests in South Dakota is Minnehaha, with 3,317 as of midday Thursday, up by 17 since Wednesday. Increases in positive cases Thursday also include, but are not limited to, 27 in Beadle County, five in Brown, three in Jerauld and 14 in Pennington.

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.

Learn more at www.covid.sd.gov.

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