PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) announced a major development in the state’s fight against COVID-19 during its Thursday press conference - the first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the state.
The condition typically strikes children who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Various organs in the child’s body can become inflamed, to include, but not be limited to, the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Most children do recover, but many have required hospitalization and much is still unknown about the condition.
State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton confirmed that the first case was in a child in East River, but would not confirm any more details than that at this time due to HIPPAA restrictions.
MIS-C is one of a handful of organ conditions that COVID-19 survivors have been reporting after overcoming the disease, according to the DOH. Previously, Dr. Clayton has confirmed that South Dakota has also seen multiple cases of re-infection in the state as well.
Locally, Beadle County on Wednesday cleared 500 positive tests of COVID-19 in the county and also passed the threshhold of having 10% of the county tested. After the four positive tests announced Thursday, Beadle has now reached 508 total positive cases and is up to 10.15% of the county’s residents tested.
Thursday did mark the third straight day that the active cases in the county has risen, however, going from 88 on Tuesday to 90 after Thursday’s numbers.
DOH officials confirmed in Thursday’s press briefing that Link Snacks, Inc. (LSI) has now indicated 126 employees have tested positive with COVID-19. Of those, 112 of them are now deemed recovered. Dakota Provisions has seen 71 of its 95 confirmed positive employee tests reach the point of recovery as well.
Across the region, Clark, Kingsbury, and Spink counties each have seen positive tests added over Wednesday and Thursday. The Heartland has now seen 595 total positive tests overall.