K-12 schools and colleges see increased COVID cases


PIERRE — The weekly numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) on reported COVID-19 infections at K-12 schools and state colleges, universities, and technical schools both showed increased cases over the previous week, Oct. 11-17.

With public and private K-12 schools in the state, a new high in weekly infections was realized last week as 516 new positive infections were reported to DOH. That brings overall cases in K-12 schools to 2,896 since early August, split among 2,044 students and 852 staff.

There are presently 626 active virus cases among K-12 students and staff in the state, with 65 of the state’s schools reporting three or more active cases.

After six straight weeks of declining numbers, South Dakota colleges, universities, and technical colleges reported an increase over the past week. S.D. colleges reported 139 new cases over the week, which was an increase over the 111 of the previous week.

The new cases reported to DOH among colleges has the overall total at 1,753 since early August, with 1,626 among students and 127 among staff.

There are presently 183 active virus cases among the state’s institutes of higher learning, with 14 of the state’s 15 institutions reporting three or more active cases among students and staff.

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