HURON — The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) noted the state’s 700th COVID-19 related death on Thursday, while Beadle County crossed some sobering case number thresholds Wednesday and Thursday.
Beadle County on Wednesday moved past 2,000 positive cases in the county during the course of the pandemic. The county also reached the point of more than 600 active cases for the first time the state has reported COVID-19 numbers.
Beadle added 49 new positive cases on Wednesday and 42 on Thursday to bring the total positive cases the county has seen to 2,066. The state did a clearing of active cases on Thursday, leading to more than 2,000 recovered cases across the state, including 61 in Beadle, which brought the active cases down from 613 on Wednesday to 592 after the DOH numbers on Thursday.
The total tests run on Beadle County residents cleared 10,000 on Wednesday and is at 10,265 after the Thursday numbers from the DOH. That does not mean 10,000 Beadle residents have been tested, rather that 10,000 tests have been performed on Beadle residents, a number of whom have had multiple tests done.
According to the DOH, 6,507 people have been tested in Beadle County through the deadline for Thursday’s numbers.
Beadle also marked the first time having double-digit persons currently hospitalized, as the DOH reported Wednesday that Beadle had 10 residents currently hospitalized due to complications from the virus. Thursday’s DOH numbers had Beadle with nine residents currently hospitalized.
Finally, Beadle added two more deaths to the county’s tally on Thursday, bringing the total for the county to 24 COVID-related deaths.
The state added 1,387 new positive cases Wednesday along with 1,071 on Thursday. More alarming, the state added 30 new deaths Wednesday and 31 new deaths on Thursday to reach 705 total virus-related deaths in the state. The state’s active cases currently sit at 17,884.