County adds six positive cases; no mass testing planned


PIERRE — On Tuesday, May 12, Beadle County had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county since April 1.

After 41 days without a positive case, Beadle County has now experienced 22 new positive cases in the span of a week, and the numbers are just getting started, according to multiple sources connected to testing in the county.

Tuesday’s numbers also indicated the first hospitalization in the county since March and the fourth overall. With six new cases announced Tuesday, Beadle County now has 43 positive tests of COVID-19.

Six negative tests were also announced, which brings the total in the county to 257. With 19 previous positives recovered and two previous deaths, the county currently has 22 active cases.

Statewide, the numbers are improving, with 58 positive tests Tuesday bringing the overall number to 4,085. The state announced 130 new recovered and two additional deaths, which brings the total deaths in the state to 46. The 27.5% active rate is the lowest the state has seen since recovered cases were first announced in late March.

State officials were asked  about having mass testing done at the meat processing facilities in the area. Department of Health secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon indicated that contact had been made to the facilities and that phone planning for potential changes was the first step. She did indicate that mass testing would be available for both facilities due to their nature as essential production facilities, as dictated by President Trump.

Secretary Malsam-Rysdon stated that these options would be available to either facility, “if there were evidence of a case initiating in the facility.”

Around the region, little other testing occurred, as only Hand and Clark counties recorded a single negative test apiece beyond the testing done in Beadle County. The Heartland region is now up to 64 total positive cases and 1.91% of all residents tested.

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