DOH: ‘Being smart this weekend is vital’


PIERRE — South Dakota Department of Health officials addressed the upcoming holiday weekend and the statements from the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary considering the status of the COVID-19 virus and its spread in the United States.

“We are at an important time in South Dakota,” state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton stated. “However, gatherings this weekend have the potential to lead to a statewide increase in numbers. Being smart this weekend while gathering with family and friends is vital.”

The state announced just 564 total tests on Monday, with 35 new positive tests statewide, bringing the total positive tests to 6,716. With 66 additional recovered cases in the state, South Dakota now has the lowest active case rate of the pandemic at barely more than 12%.

Beadle County announced one additional positive test. The county’s active case total did move down to 73 with eight new recovered cases.

DOH officials did announce that Link Snacks, Inc. (LSI) had reported 115 recovered cases among the 127 COVID-19 positive employees on staff. Dakota Provisions has seen 82 of its 100 positive-testing employees deemed recovered by the state at this time.

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