New active cases slow at state colleges


Numbers steady at K-12 schools

HURON — Over the two-day period of Wednesday and Thursday, the state added nearly 1,200 new COVID-19 positive cases, according to numbers released by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), though the active cases in the state barely bumped up.

The weekly release of numbers from state schools showed slower increases in new positive cases and active cases within the state’s K-12 school systems and colleges compared to previous weeks as well.

The state added 1,192 new positive COVID-19 cases over Wednesday and Thursday along with seven new deaths and 1,093 new recovered cases. The active case tally in the state sits at 7,725 as of Thursday’s DOH report.

Beadle County reported six new positive and six new recovered cases over the two-day period. Active cases are at 93 in the county.

The Heartland Region noted 26 new positive cases across the seven counties in the region as well as 23 new recovered cases. The Thursday DOH report indicated that the Heartland had 210 active virus cases.

New positive cases at the 15 colleges, universities, and technical schools in the state went down the week of Sept. 12-18 compared to the previous week, as 50 new positive tests were reported among students and staff.

This brings the total cases at higher learning institutes to 271, with 81 still deemed active. Cases have been among 201 students and 70 staff.

The state’s 899 accredited K-12 institutions reported 405 new positive cases the week of Sept. 12-18, a slight increase over the 399 reported the week prior.

In total, K-12 schools have registered 1,664 total cases among 1,337 students and 327 staff, with 770 of those cases still active. Nearly 100 of the state’s schools report having at least three active cases within the system.

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