HURON — When the South Dakota Department of Health released new numbers on Thursday morning, Beadle County residents had already received confirmation of increased numbers at one of its notable employers in the state. Dakota Provisions sent this statement Thursday as an update to the statement that the company released last Friday:
“On Monday the 18th, the Dakota Provision second shift “Ready to Eat” employees returned to work and were fully screened for temperature and any ill effects. Those showing no temperature or ill effects were allowed to return to work.
We do have a number of employees that have voluntarily asked to stay home so they will not be exposed. Currently we have six confirmed positive employees. We are currently monitoring employee temperatures twice a day.
We continue to conduct extra effort in cleaning and sanitizing during the day and fogging common areas during the night. We are in daily contact with the Beadle County United Task Force and the SD Health Department. We continue to follow all local, state and national guidelines concerning COVID-19.“
The Thursday DOH numbers showed Beadle county with 11 new positive cases, bringing the county to 79 total positive cases. With five additional negative tests, the county has 272 negative tests completed, giving the county 1.9% of residents tested. The county has been deemed to have significant community spread due to having 58 active cases in the county.
Statewide, 73 new positive cases were recorded to bring the state total to 4,250. Two additional deaths were reported. One of the two deaths was the second death of a person in the 30-39 year age group. State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton confirmed that unlike the previous death in that age group, this death had no previous underlying conditions.
Regionally, two additional positive tests were added to Jerauld County’s tally, bringing the county’s positive test number to 12 while the county added eight negative tests to run its negative total to 54. The Heartland region has crossed the triple-digit threshold in positive cases, with 107 total after Tuesday’s figures were released. The additional testing in the region has brought the region’s testing to 2.1% of the region’s population.