HURON — New positive cases in the Heartland region continue to rise in the numbers released Tuesday by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH). The seven-county Heartland region totaled 20 new positive cases and three new hospitalizations in the numbers announced Tuesday.
Beadle County added four new positives and five new recovered cases. This does bring the county’s total new positives since August 20 to 109 new cases, with the active cases now sitting at 45 in the county.
Statewide, the DOH announced 320 new positive cases. Contact tracing led to 393 new recovered cases, meaning the active cases fell to 2,817, but those who are currently hospitalized remained high at 178 in the state.
Six of the seven Heartland region counties added new positive cases in Tuesday’s numbers. Spink County led the way with seven new positive cases and two new hospitalizations in the county. Spink also saw nine new recovered cases, so the active cases actually went down in the county to 27.
Jerauld County added five new positive cases and four new recovered cases, leaving the county with 19 active cases. Sanborn County added two new positive cases, raising its active case load to five. Kingsbury and Hand counties each added one new positive case. Hand also added a new hospitalization, the county’s fifth hospitalization due to the virus.
Overall, the Heartland now has tested 17.21% of its residents and has 123 active COVID-19 cases.