While the state of South Dakota showed record numbers of Coronavirus cases reported the last week in August and into September, the number of active cases in Kingsbury County has been reduced to four. The total number of cases in the county presently stands at 25 compared to 23 last week when six of those were active. The community spread status for the county has been reduced to minimal.
August 25 through September 1 showed the highest number of total cases reported in the state by the South Dakota Department of Health since testing began. There were 398 cases reported on August 28 which topped the record previously set on May 8 with 300 new cases on that date. There are presently 2,892 active cases in South Dakota with 15,300 total cases reported.
There were six new deaths in South Dakota this past week, putting the total number of deaths at 173. The number of people hospitalized with the virus remains the same at 78. There have not been any Kingsbury County residents hospitalized with the virus.
With the South Dakota State Fair taking place in Huron and a large influx of visitors from across the nation, there has been concern with the potential of increasing Covid-19 case numbers in neighboring Beadle County. Beadle County has shown a drop in the number of active cases from 29 last week to 18 this week and just seven new reported cases. The Beadle County community spread has been changed from substantial to moderate. They have had nine deaths.
Brookings County continues to show substantial spread and the third highest total number of in the state with the number of active cases rising from 152 last week to 189 active this week. Minnehaha County continues to have the most active cases in South Dakota with 612 this week and Pennington County second with 415.
Hamlin County stays with substantial community spread but had a decrease in active cases going from 20 last week to 19 this week and total numbers increasing from 58 to 69 this week. Clark County’s active case numbers increased from two to five bringing the total numbers up to 23 and minimal spread. Miner County has gone back to zero active cases and 17 total cases reported.