Kingsbury COVID surge comes to fruition in April


HURON — The final day of April brought a chance to reflect on the numbers across the state from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH).

While the surge in cases in Kingsbury County took place over multiple months, the final results came to rest in April, and it set Kingsbury in a notable spot among the coounties in the state.

Friday’s DOH numbers showed 129 new positive cases statewide along with 5 new deaths and 221 new recovered cases. The state’s active COVID-19 cases declined to 1,624.

Beadle County saw active cases in the county drop to 25 after one new positive case and four new recovered cases Friday.

The Heartland Region also noted a drop, with three new positive cases across the seven-county region and nine new recovered cases leading to the active cases in the region dropping to 58.

One of the five deaths reported by DOH Friday was in Kingsbury, the second reported in the month in the county.

Kingsbury reported 175 new positive cases over March and April. In comparison, Beadle County, with nearly four times the residents, reported 200 new positive cases in the two months, though in April, Kingsbury outpaced Beadle, the first time that has happened in the entire pandemic.

Kingsbury’s percentage of increase in hospitalizations (15.4%) was second in the state to Hutchinson County (15.7%) and the percentage increase in deaths in the county over the month of April of 14.3% led the state.

Kingsbury also was the only county in the state to show a double-digit percentage increase in cases in the month of April, increasing its positive cases by 10.9% in the month.

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