Beadle upped to ‘substantial’ spread by DOH


HURON — After multiple weeks of lower numbers had allowed Beadle County to move down to “moderate” community spread, as determined by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), the DOH bumped the county back up to “substantial” spread after a larger weekly total last week that saw its largest single-day new positive cases of 2021 on Tuesday.

The state announced 218 new positive COVID-19 cases and 105 new recovered cases in Tuesday’s DOH numbers. That bumped up the statewide active cases to 2,204.

In Beadle, the county added nine new positive cases and three new recovered cases on Tuesday, bumping up the active virus cases to 65.

Community spread determination is updated each Monday based on the number and/or rate of new cases per week from Sunday to Saturday each week. Beadle added 30 new positive cases from Feb. 7-13, and based on cases per 100,000 residents, that number exceeded the threshold of 100 new cases per 100,000 residents for the state to deem the county in “substantial” community spread.

The Heartland Region noted 13 new positive cases across the seven-county region while adding just five new recovered cases. The difference bumped the Heartland’s active cases up to 134.

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