COVID cases take notable jump in state


State college numbers up for first time in more than a month

HURON — The state saw a significant jump in the active cases over Wednesday and Thursday while the college numbers across the state, which have been trending down recently, had a notable spike.

The state added 968 new positive cases in the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) reports on Wednesday and Thursday, along with 718 new recovered cases and nine new deaths.

After adding nearly 250 additional active cases over the two-day period, the active virus cases in the state now sit at 6,775 as of Thursday’s report.

Beadle County added 18 new positive cases over the two days, as well as 16 new recovered cases. The county’s active cases as of Thursday’s DOH report were at 93.

The Heartland Region added 30 new positive cases across the seven counties over the two days while also adding 24 new recovered cases. Active cases in the Heartland went up to 186.

The state saw numbers go up at colleges in the weekly report provided to DOH that covered Nov. 7-13 while K-12 schools were slightly down.

The state’s 899 K-12 schools reported 269 new positive cases after reporting 320 new cases the previous week.

The weekly report noted 570 active infections among K-12 students and staff in the state, with 670 K-12 schools reporting zero active infections and 71 reporting three or more.

After staying low for the entire month of October, numbers at the state’s 15 colleges, universities and technical schools were among the five most infectious weeks of the school year thus far.

Colleges across the state reported 35 new infections among staff and students, with 54 active infections. Eight of the state’s 15 institutes of higher learning report three or more active cases on campus.

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