HURON — After a delay encompassing the Labor Day holiday, the Wednesday numbers of positive COVID-19 infections from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) were significant. The numbers on Thursday, however, certainly did not slow down any.
The state added 1,850 new positive cases, five new deaths, and 1,276 new recovered cases combined between Wednesday and Thursday. Currently, there are 6,750 active virus cases in the state.
That is as high as the number has been in 2021, and as high as active cases have been in the state since Dec. 26, 2020.
Beadle County added 14 new positive cases, nine new recovered cases and one new death over the two days, according to DOH. The death is the county’s 43rd COVID-related fatality.
Beadle’s active cases are now at 53, the first time the county has had more than 50 active cases since late March.
The Heartland Region registered 36 new positive cases and 27 new recovered cases along with one death among the seven counties in the region. Active cases are now up to 126 in the Heartland.
The 36 positives in the Heartland brought the region’s tally for the month to 82, which is more through nine days of September than the Heartland had TOTAL for May, June, and July.
School data through Sept. 4 was also released on Wednesday.
Among the state’s K-12 schools, there are currently 512 active infections, but 700 of the state’s schools report no active cases at all, meaning those active infections are located in just 199 schools across the state. The state has reported 806 total positive cases since Aug. 8 in K-12 schools in the state, with 652 among students and 154 among staff and teachers.
Colleges saw a notable rise in cases this past week, with 58 new positive cases. That brought the total positive cases among the state’s universities, colleges, and technical schools to 148. Of those, 74 are considered active cases, with eight of the 15 institutes of higher learning in the state reporting three or more active infections.
DOH also released the total positive cases by college campus. Not surprisingly, the state’s two largest campuses, South Dakota State University (39) and the University of South Dakota (22) had the most reported positive cases. However, Black Hills State also reported 20 positive cases, despite a student population less than half of USD and one-third of SDSU. The other two colleges in the top five were also West River institutes as South Dakota School of Mines and Technology reported nine positive cases and Western Dakota Technical College reported seven.