State’s first child COVID-19 death was in Pennington County


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The first child under the age of 10 to die from COVID-19 in South Dakota was from Pennington County. 

Daniel Bucheli, a spokesman with the South Dakota Department of Health, told KELOLAND News the death was a baby under the age of one and located in Pennington County. 

“COVID-19 was a contributing factor, along with both Rhinovirus and RSV,” Bucheli said. 

He said no other information is available because of patient confidentiality reasons. The DOH says COVID-19 deaths are not reported until a certified death record has been field with COVID-19 as a cause or contributing factor. By law, a death record must be filed within five days of the data of death.

On Wednesday, health officials reported six new COVID-19 deaths, including the first in the 0-9 age range. The state’s death toll was at 2,534 on Wednesday.

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