PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota has started publicly releasing more county-level data on COVID-19, including negative test results Friday.
The state Department of Health updates the numbers daily by about 11:45 a.m. CT, including Saturdays and Sundays.
State epidemiologist Joshua Clayton has been holding a conference call most days with news reporters during the past month. State Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon has participated in many of the calls.
Starting next week, the call will be Monday through Friday.
Governor Kristi Noem has been holding briefings for news reporters most weekdays during the past month and on some weekends as needed. The health secretary has frequently accompanied her to provide more specific answers regarding department activities.
Statewide results published Saturday showed 1,542 positive cases and 10,118 negative tests to date, with one pending.
25 of 66 counties were still found to be without any residents testing positive Saturday. (Note: That number increased to 26 Sunday, after Day County was returned to zero positives.)
Counties with ZERO residents who tested positive. as of results released Saturday (with negative tests shown in parentheses):