State K-12 schools set new high mark for COVID-19 infections


PIERRE — With some expected delay in reporting each week, the numbers reported Monday by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) in conjunction with the Department of Education show a new peak for weekly reported infections from K-12 schools in the state.

The actual numbers reported from the week of Nov. 1-7 reached 803 with all schools reporting last week after initially reporting 621 cases. There is some expected delay in reporting, which makes the number reported by DOH on Monday for the week of Nov. 8-14 so notable as it was 803 before any additional reporting has come in.

The past two weeks, that additional reporting has added between 150-200 cases to the initially reported number by DOH, meaning the 803 reported cases this week is the largest initially reported number in a single week by DOH for K-12 schools in the state since reporting began in August.

The state’s K-12 schools have now reported 5,996 total cases, with 4,331 of those cases among students and 1,665 among teachers and staff.

There are currently 932 active cases among K-12 students and staff across the state, with 325 school districts reporting at least one active case and 90 districts reporting three or more active cases within their district.

After nine weeks of numbers below the 200-case mark, the state’s colleges and universities bumped above that number for the week of Nov. 8-14, as the DOH reported 204 new cases of COVID-19 among the 15 colleges, universities, and technical colleges in the state.

The state’s institutes of higher learning have reported 2,455 positive cases, with 2,202 of those among students and 253 among staff.

There are currently 233 active cases among the states colleges, with all 15 state campuses reporting three or more active cases of the virus.

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