PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) held their twice-weekly press briefing Monday to discuss the newly released numbers and answer any questions from the state media.
One question raised was about the “mass testing” that was scheduled for Sept. 11 in Huron for State Fair workers. While there were 500 tests available for those who had no symptoms and were exposed at the fair, only 31 took advantage of the state-sponsored testing on Friday.
DOH Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon reported that all 31 of the tests run through the state-sponsored testing were negative.
Monday’s numbers did reveal one new positive for Beadle County. With no new recovered cases, that adds to the total active cases in the county, bringing that number to 27.
Around the Heartland region, Clark and Hand counties each added one new positive case in Monday’s numbers announced by the DOH.
The Heartland presently has 86 active COVID-19 cases.
The DOH also released new numbers for school testing Monday. The new numbers include the cases from schools that have recovered and now base school numbers on the active cases in the school rather than the total cases.
Among K-12 schools, 177 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded over the week, bringing the overall total to 667 total cases. Of those 667 cases, 453 have now been deemed recovered.
From the total K-12 cases, 446 of those cases are among students, while 221 of the cases are among school staff. In the state, 116 school districts report 1-2 active cases. Thirteen K-12 school districts currently report three or more active cases.
The spike among the state’s colleges, universities, and technical colleges slowed significantly in the most recent reporting. The past week brought 130 new positive tests across the state’s 15 accredited institutions of higher learning, bringing the total overall cases that the state has seen to 1,053.
Of those 1,053 overall cases, 1,004 cases were among students and 49 were among staff. Recovered cases represented 860 cases.
While all 15 accredited schools reported three cases last week, when the number changed to active cases, one of the schools was able to report zero active cases. Two reported 1-2 active cases on campus. The remaining 12 colleges reported three or more active COVID-19 cases on campus.