PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — A daily-record total of 747 new positive coronavirus were announced Thursday by the South Dakota Department of Health, which also added its website reporting is experiencing delays. The updated data was released by the state nearly three hours after the call at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
In addition to 747 new COVID-19 cases, DOH officials said there were 13 new deaths and 28 new hospitalizations.
State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton said a couple days worth of data were “injected” into Thursday’s report.
Clayton says the new test results for the past 24 hours include 502 new positive cases; the other 245 cases are old results being added as of Thursday.
The following data was released around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the state:
Active cases increased to 3,832, up from Wednesday (3,658).
Current hospitalizations are at 214, up from Wednesday (212). Total hospitalizations, which include only South Dakota residents ever hospitalized from COVID-19, are now at 1,578, up from Wednesday (1,549).
Recovered cases, people removed from isolation status, are now at 19,068, up from Wednesday (18,508).
Of the 13 new deaths reported on Thursday, eight of the victims were men and five were women. The new deaths were reported in the following age ranges: 60-69 (3); 70-79 (5); 80+ (5).
Total persons tested negative is now at 171,867, up from Wednesday (168,380).
There were 4,234 new persons tested reported on Thursday, however these numbers include a couple days worth of data that has been “injected” into Thursday’s report.
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says the state discovered some reports of out of state tests were being held in a file rather than being added to the daily reported results.
The South Dakota Department of Health will also move from bi-weekly media briefings on COVID-19 to one meeting per week.
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