K-12 schools have small decline in new COVID cases, colleges see small uptick


HURON — While statewide deaths and hospitalizations continue to rise, the active numbers decline across the state, and the weekly school COVID report showed better overall numbers.

Over the two day period of Wednesday and Thursday, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) reported 876 new positive cases in the state, nine new deaths, and 1,039 new recovered cases. Active cases statewide are down to 6,716.

Beadle County added one new positive case over the two days along with 10 new recovered cases. Active cases in the county are down to 63 as of Thursday’s DOH report.

The Heartland Region noted 12 new positive cases across the seven counties in the region along with 28 new recovered cases. Active virus cases in the Heartland sit at 157.

The weekly school report for Sept. 26 - Oct. 2 showed a decline in the new positive cases at the K-12 level and a slight increase in the new cases at the state’s colleges and technical schools.

The state’s 899 accredited K-12 programs reported 321 new positive cases last week, the lowest weekly number since before Labor Day.

The week’s total brings the overall numbers on the school year to 2,449 cases among 1,972 students and 477 staff.

The state’s K-12 schools report 1,715 active cases. As of the date the report was released, the state indicated 7,325 total active cases in the state, meaning that the state’s K-12 schools comprise 23.4% of the overall active cases in the state.

The state’s colleges, universities, and technical schools reported 33 new positive cases last week, up from 28 the previous week, which was a six-week low in new cases reported.

Overall, the state’s institutes of higher learning have reported 337 total cases this school year among 247 students and 90 staff.

The state’s colleges reported 66 active cases among its 15 accredited institutions as of Oct. 2.

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