South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 daily test results

Coronavirus

South Dakota’s Department of Public Health.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Each day, the South Dakota Department of Health plans to update the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state along with recoveries, negative test results and pending tests. Since March 31, cumulative hospitalizations from COVID-19 has also been reported by the state website.

The state health lab plans to share all South Dakota’s test results from one day and updates the results on the state’s website at COVID.sd.gov. Officials have said from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people being tested does not reflect the level of risk to the public in the state. As coronavirus coverage continues, KELOLAND News has put together a list of commonly-used terms and definitions to help viewers better understand stories and data about COVID-19.

This web page is a running update as test numbers are reported by the Department of Health each day. The state plans to update numbers by noon every day. The updates show results from 5 p.m. the previous day. For more details about the changes with testing in South Dakota, jump to the bottom of this page.


Friday, May 22
South Dakota’s death toll from COVID-19 has hit 50, according to the latest results reported by the South Dakota Department of Health. 

Two new deaths were announced on Friday. Both deaths were listed as woman 80+ years old and in Minnehaha County, which has accounted for 43 of the state’s total deaths.

There were 106 new positive cases announced on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 4,356, up from Thursday (4,250). Active cases are at 1,039, down from Thursday (1,057). 

Total recoveries are at 3,267, 122 more than Thursday (3,145). 

Current hospitalizations are at 83, down from Thursday (91). Total hospitalizations are at 351, up from Thursday (342). 

There were 27,988 negative tests, up from Thursday (27,051).


Thursday, May 21
The death toll from COVID-19 increased to 48 with two new deaths announced on Thursday by the South Dakota Department of Health. 

The new deaths were listed in the 30-39 age range and 80+ age range. One was in Pennington County and the other was in Minnehaha County. One was a female and one was a male.

A total of 73 new positive cases were announced Thursday for a total of 4,250, up from Wednesday (4,177). Active cases are at 1057, down from Wednesday (1,108). 

There were 122 new recoveries announced on Thursday. South Dakota now has 3,145 recoveries. 

Current hospitalizations are at 91, up 10 from Wednesday (81). Total hospitalizations are at 342, up from Wednesday (333). Negative cases are at 27,051, up from Wednesday (26,212).


Wednesday, May 20
There are 1,108 active COVID-19 cases according to the South Dakota Department of Health as of Wednesday.

Positive cases throughout the pandemic are now at 4,177, an increase of 92 over Tuesday (4,085).

3,023 patients have recovered. That’s up 109 since Tuesday, when there were 2,914 recoverd cases.

81 people are in the hospital; overall, 333 patients have needed to be hospitalized.

Deaths from COVID-19 remain at 46.

Negative test results are at 26,212, an increase of 588 from Tuesday (25,624).


Tuesday, May 19
The COVID-19 death toll increased to 46 with two new deaths announced on Tuesday by state health officials. 

One of the new deaths was listed in the 80+ age range, while the other was in the 50-59 age range. One death was a male and the other was a female. One was listed in Minnehaha County and one was in Pennington County, the second death announced in that county.

There were 58 new positive cases of the coronavirus announced Tuesday, bringing South Dakota’s total to 4,085, up from Monday (4,027). Active case numbers decreased to 1,125, 74 fewer than Monday (1,199). 

Recoveries are at 2,914, 130 more than Monday (2,784). Current hospitalizations remained at 77. Total hospitalizations increased to 327, up from Monday (316). 

Negative tests are at 25,624, up from Monday (25,018). There were 664 total tests reported on Tuesday.


Monday, May 18
There have been 4,027 positive cases in the state with 40 new cases announced on Monday. Active case numbers are at 1,199.

2,784 patients have recovered overall, up from Sunday (2,724), with 60 newly recovered patients.

Deaths from COVID-19 remain at 44.

77 people are currently in the hospital; 316 patients have needed to be hospitalized during the pandemic.

Negative test results are at 25,018, which is up 446 from Sunday (24,572).


Sunday, May 17
COVID-19 case numbers in South Dakota are up to 3,987 positive cases in the state. The Department of Health announced 28 new cases.

Active cases in South Dakota are now at 1,219, a decrease of 23 from Saturday. Current hospitalizations are at 77, up two from Saturday. Total hospitalizations are now at 312, up 8 from Saturday.

Negative tests are now at 24,572, up 355 from Saturday (24,217).

The number of deaths reported remain the same from Saturday, at 44.


Saturday, May 16
The state is reporting a total of 3,959 positive cases in South Dakota. Active cases are now at 1,242, down 27 from Friday. Recoveries rose by 99 to a total of 2,673. Current hospitalizations is at 75.

The state total for negative tests in South Dakota is 24,217.


Friday, May 15
COVID-19 case numbers in South Dakota are up to 3,887. That is the total number of positive cases so far in the state. The Department of Health announced 95 new cases on Friday, up from 3,792 on Thursday.

One new death was reported on Friday; it was a woman in the 80+ age category from Minnehaha County.

The active case count is at 1,269. That number was 1,312 on Thursday. The number of recovered patients is at 2,574 now, which is 137 more than on Thursday (2,437).

80 people are in the hospital with COVID-19; there were 85 patients hospitalized on Thursday. 296 patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic, which is up six from the day before.

There have been 23,527 negative tests in South Dakota.


Thursday, May 14
Positive cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota are now at 3,792 with 60 new positive cases reported on Thursday.

Active cases in the state are now at 1,312, down 14 from Wednesday (1,326). 2,437 patients have recovered; that’s up 70 from Wednesday’s total (2,367).

Deaths from COVID-19 are at 43, with four deaths in Minnehaha County reported on Thursday.

85 people are currently hospitalized; a total of 290 patients have needed to be hospitalized during the pandemic.


Wednesday, May 13
Active cases in South Dakota are now at 1,326, an increase of 11 from Tuesday (1,315).  

There are now 3,732 total positive cases, up 69 from Tuesday (3,663). Recoveries reached 2,367, up 58 from Tuesday (2,309).

Current hospitalizations are at 79, up five from Tuesday (74). Total hospitalizations are now at 281, up 10 from Tuesday (271). 

Negative tests are now at 22,112, up 578 from Tuesday (21,534). 647 new tests were reported.

The number of deaths reported remain the same from Tuesday, at 39.


Tuesday, May 12
The death toll from COVID-19 increased to 39 on Tuesday when the latest test results were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health. 

The five new deaths included one male and four females. One death was listed as age 30-39, the first in South Dakota listed in that age range. One was listed age 50-59, one was 60-69 and two were listed as 80-years old or older. All the new deaths were reported in Minnehaha County, which accounts for 34 deaths in the state. 

Active cases in South Dakota decreased to 1,315, down 78 from Monday (1,393). 

Total positive cases are at 3,663, up 49 from Monday (3,614). Total recoveries are at 2,309, up 122 from Monday (2,187). There were 73 more recoveries than new positive cases announced Tuesday. 

Current hospitalizations are at 74, down four from Monday (78). Total hospitalizations are at 271, up eight from Monday (263). Negative tests are at 21,534, up from Monday (20,964). 

There were 619 tests reported Tuesday. For the past six days, testing has been over 600. 


Monday, May 11
Active cases are now at 1,393, up from Sunday (1,336). Active cases increased by 57 on Monday, the fifth day in a row of an increase.

Total positive cases in South Dakota are at 3,614, up 97 from Sunday (3,517). Recoveries increased by 40 to a total of 2,187, up from Sunday (2,147). 

Current hospitalizations are at 78, up from Sunday (77). Total hospitalizations are at 263, up from Sunday (261). Deaths remained at 34.

Negative tests are 20,964, up from Sunday (20,377). There were a total of 684 new tests reported Monday.


Sunday, May 10
Active cases in South Dakota are now at 1,336, an increase of 102 from Saturday (1,234).  

There are now 3,517 total positive cases, up 124 from Saturday (3,393). Recoveries reached 2,147, up 22 from Saturday (2,125).

Current hospitalizations are at 77, down two from Saturday (79). Total hospitalizations are now at 261, up 8 from Saturday (253). Negative tests are now at 20,377, up from Saturday (19,559).

The number of deaths reported remain the same from Saturday, at 34.


Saturday, May 9
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers from Saturday show the state with 34 total deaths in the state, up three from Friday. The three new deaths reported are all in Minnehaha County, one male and two females. One patient was between the age of 70-79 years old. Two patients were 80+ years old.

There were a total of 3,393 positive cases in the state. That’s up 249 over Friday. There are 1,234 active cases (an increase of 190 over Friday) and 2,125 recovered patients, which is up 56 from Friday.

Of the 249 new cases in the state, 232 cases are reported in Minnehaha County.

79 patients are in the hospital, up from Friday. Overall, 253 people have had to be hospitalized.

Negative tests are now at 19,559, up 1,410 from Friday (18,149).


Friday, May 8
According to numbers released by the South Dakota Department of Health, there are now a total of 3,144 positive cases in the state. That’s up 239 over Thursday. There are 1,044 active cases (an increase of 198 over Thursday) and 2,069 recovered patients, which is up 41 from Thursday.

76 patients are in the hospital; overall, 247 people have had to be hospitalized.

Deaths from the virus are at 31, with no new deaths reported on Friday.

Friday’s results are from 1,179 total tests.


Thursday, May 7
Total deaths reported is now at 31 in South Dakota. The two new deaths were listed as females over the age of 80-years-old in Minnehaha County.

Active cases of COVID-19 went to 846, up 73 from Wednesday (773). 

There’s 2,905 total positive cases, up 126 from Wednesday (2,779). Recoveries went over 2,000 to 2,028, 51 more than Wednesday (1,977). 

Current hospitalizations are at 70, down from Wednesday (72). Total hospitalizations are at 236, up from Wednesday (230). 

Negative tests at at 17,209, up from Wednesday (16,637). 

The amount of new tests reported was 698 on Thursday.  101 of the 126 new positive cases were Minnehaha County, where mass testing has been taking place this week for Smithfield employees and families.


Wednesday, May 6
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday show the state with 29 total deaths in the state.

The five new deaths reported are all in Minnehaha County, one male and four females.

Active cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota stand at 773, a decrease of 29 from Tuesday (802).

There are now 2,779 total positive cases, up 58 from Tuesday (2,721). Recoveries reached 1,977, up 82 from Tuesday (1,895). 

Current hospitalizations are at 72, down three from Tuesday (75). Total hospitalizations are now at 230, up 10 from Tuesday (220). 

Negative tests are now at 16,637, up 336 from Tuesday (16,301). There was 394 tests reported on Wednesday.


Tuesday, May 5
The death toll from COVID-19 increased to 24 in South Dakota, after three more deaths were confirmed by the state department of health on Tuesday. 

Deaths reported by the DOH are at 24. The three new deaths reported Tuesday were all woman listed in the 80+ age range. 

Active cases in South Dakota are now at 802, a decrease of 15 from Monday (817).  

There are now 2,721 total positive cases, up 53 from Monday (2,668). Recoveries reached 1,895, up 65 from Monday (1,830). There were more recoveries than new cases announced Tuesday.

Current hospitalizations are at 75, up six from Monday (69). Total hospitalizations are now at 220, up nine from Monday (211). 

Negative tests are now at 16,301, up from Monday (16,045). A total of 309 tests were reported on Tuesday, up from Monday (296). 


Monday, May 4
The South Dakota Department of Health case tracker shows 37 new cases of the virus in the state, for a total of 2,668 cases so far.

1,830 people have recovered from the illness in the state; that’s up 31 from Sunday. The active case count is up six to 817 from Sunday. 69 patients are currently hospitalized.

There are now 16,045 negative tests. There were 296 total tests reported on Monday.


Sunday, May 3
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of 11:45 a.m. Sunday show the state with 2,631 total positive cases, up 43 from Saturday (2,588). Recoveries increased by 40, for a total of 1,799. There are no new hospitalizations reported in the state, for a total of 71.

197 people are reported to ever be hospitalized. 283 new negative tests have been performed, bringing the total negative tests to 15,786.


Saturday, May 2
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of 11:30 a.m. Saturday show the state with 2,588 total positive cases, up 63 from Friday (2,525).

According to the state department of health, recoveries increased by 73, for a total of 1,759. There are 2 new hospitalizations reported in the state, for a total of 71. The number of people ever hospitalized is 187, up 8 from Friday (179).

665 new negative tests have been performed, bringing the total negative tests to 15,503.


Friday, May 1
Four more deaths in Minnehaha County were announced on Friday, after four were announced on Thursday. Two deaths were listed at 80-years-old or older, while one was 70-79-years-old and the other was 60-69-years-old. Two of the new deaths were males and two were females, there has now been a total of 15 male deaths and 6 female deaths.

Active cases are at 818, down from Thursday (859). Total positive cases are at 2,525, up 76 from Thursday (2,449). Recoveries are at 1,686, up from Thursday (1,573). 

Current hospitalizations are now at 69, down from Thursday (76). Total hospitalizations are at 179, up from Thursday (173). 

There have been 14,838 negative cases, up from Thursday (14,579). 

A total of 335 new tests were reported Friday. 


Thursday, April 30
Total deaths are now at 17. There was two male deaths and two female deaths reported. One death was a woman age 40-49, one man 70-79 and one man and one woman older than age 80. All the deaths are reported in Minnehaha County.

Active COVID-19 cases dropped for the fourth-straight day, down nine more from Wednesday (868). 

There were 76 new positive cases announced Thursday for a statewide total of 2,449, up from Wednesday (2,373). Recoveries also increased to 1,573, 81 more than Wednesday (1,492). 

Current hospitalizations are at 76, up seven from Wednesday (69). Total hospitalizations are at 173, up from Wednesday (165).

There have been 14,579 negative cases, up from Wednesday (14,460). 


Wednesday, April 29
South Dakota now has 2373 positive cases, up 60 from Tuesday (2,313). There are now 1,492 recoveries, up 100 from Monday (1,392). This is the third day in a row new recoveries were more than new cases.

Current hospitalizations still remain at 69, the same as Tuesday. Total hospitalizations are now at 165, up from Tuesday (157). Active cases are now at 868, down 41 from Tuesday (909). There have been 14,460 negative tests, up from Tuesday (14,299). 

Two new deaths were reported due to COVID-19. On Wednesday, the overall death count in South Dakota is now 13, with both deaths listed as happening in Minnehaha County in people over 80 years old.


Tuesday, April 28
*On Tuesday, a death was reported but later called an error.

South Dakota now has 2,313 positive cases, up 68 from Monday (2,245). There are now 1,392 recoveries, up 76 from Monday (1,316). This is the second day in a row new recoveries were more than new cases.

Active cases are now at 909, down from Monday (918). There have been 14,299 negative tests, up from Monday (14,130). 

Current hospitalizations are at 69, up eight from Monday (61). Total hospitalizations are now at 157, up from Monday (150). 

Minnehaha County increased to 1,939 postivive cases, 59 more than Monday (1,880). There have been 1,133 recoveries in the county, 68 more than Monday (1,065). 


Monday, April 27
On Monday, South Dakota reported 33 new cases for a total of 2,245, up from Sunday (2,212). There have been 1,316 recoveries, up 59 from Sunday (1,257). 

Current hospitalizations are at 61, down from Sunday (64). Total hospitalizations are at 150, up from Sunday (135). Deaths are at 11. Negative tests are now at 14,130, up from Sunday (14,062).

Active cases are at 918, down from Sunday (944). 

On Monday, the DOH debuted date by demographics, which showed 31% of cases are considered white, non-hispanics, while 20% of cases are black, non-hispanic, 19% are hispanic, 14% are listed as other, 12% are listed as Asian and 4% are listed as Native American.


Sunday, April 26
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of 11 a.m. Sunday show the state with 11 total deaths in the state. According to data from the South Dakota Department of Health, the male patient was 50-59 years old and from Minnehaha County.

There are now 2,212 total positive cases, up 65 from Saturday (2,147). Recoveries increased by 34 for a total of 1,257. There are three new hospitalizations reported in the state, for a total of 64. The number of people ever hospitalized is 135, up 7 from Saturday (128). 613 new negative tests have been performed, bringing the total negative tests to 14,062.


Saturday, April 25
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of 10:50 a.m. Saturday show the state with 2,147 total positive cases, up 107 from Friday.

Recoveries increased by 33, for a total of 1,223. There are no new hospitalizations reported in the state, for a total of 61. The number of people ever hospitalized is 128, up 4 from Friday. 665 new negative tests have been performed, bringing the total negative tests to 13,449.

Minnehaha County is at 1,796 positive cases, up from Friday (1,707). Lincoln County is at 125 cases. On Friday, the county had 116. Minnehaha has 983 recoveries and Lincoln County has 70.


Friday, April 24
South Dakota has 2,040 positive cases of COVID-19 an increase of 84 from Thursday’s 1,956, and another death was reported bringing the total to 10, the state announced on Friday.

Total new recoveries increased to 1,190 from 1,064 on Thursday.

Current hospitalizations increased by three to 61 compared to Thursday (58). Total hospitalizations were at 124, which is up from Thursday (119).

Active cases, continued a downward trend for the sixth straight day, are at 840 down from Thursday, (883), Wednesday (912), Tuesday (923).

Negative tests are at 12,784 up from Thursday (12,109).

Minnehaha County is at 1,707 positive cases, up from Thursday (1,636). Lincoln County is at 116 cases. On Thursday, the county had 110. Minnehaha has 954 recoveries and Lincoln County has 67.


Thursday, April 23
South Dakota has 1,956 positive cases of COVID-19 an increase of 98 from Wednesday’s 1,858, and the number of deaths stayed at nine, the state announced Thursday.

Total new recoveries increased to 1,064 from 937 on Wednesday.

Current hospitalizations decreased by four to 58 compared to Wednesday (62) and down from Tuesday (65). Total hospitalizations were at 119, an increase of eight from Wednesday (111).

Active cases, continued a downward trend for the fifth straight day, are at 883, down from Wednesday (912), Tuesday (923).

 Negative tests are at 12,109 up from Wednesday, (11,588) and Tuesday (11,060). 


Wednesday, April 22
There has been 103 new positive results announced, bringing South Dakota to a total of 1,858, up from Tuesday (1,755). 

Current hospitalizations went down 3 for a total of 62, down from Tuesday (65). Total hospitalizations hit 100 on Tuesday and are now at 111.  

There were 113 new recoveries announced for a total of 937, up from Tuesday (824). Deaths are now at 9. This is the second day in a row a new death has been announced. The death, a male listed 80 years or older, was reported in Minnehaha County.

Active cases, continued a downward trend for the fourth-straight day, are at 912, down from Tuesday (923). Negative tests are at 11,588, up from Tuesday (11,060). 

Minnehaha County is at 1,555 positive cases, up 86 from Tuesday (1,469). Lincoln County passed 100 cases with a new total of 104. There have been 723 recoveries in Minnehaha County and 55 recoveries in Lincoln County.


Tuesday, April 21
South Dakota is reporting 1,755 total positive cases, up from Monday (1,685). Recoveries are at 824, up 115 from Monday (709). 

Active cases decreased for the third-straight day to 922, down from Monday (969).

Current hospitalizations, the metric Gov. Kristi Noem has highlighted the state is following closely, is at 65, up nine from Monday (56). Cumulative total hospitalizations are at 100, up from Monday (87). 

Deaths are now at eight. The new death was listed in Minnehaha County. According to an obituary from George Boom, the new death was related to the Smithfield Foods outbreak. As of Tuesday, there are 761 employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 143 close contacts. That adds up to a total of 904 cases connected to the plant.

Negative tests increased to 11,060, up from Monday (10,641). 

Minnehaha County is at 1,469 total cases, up 64 from Monday (1,405). Lincoln County is at 99 cases, up from Monday (95). There have been 619 recoveries in Minnehaha County and 51 in Lincoln County.


Monday, April 20
Total positive cases increased by 50, up from Sunday (1,635). Recoveries increased to 709, 63 more than Sunday (646). Active cases, which declined by one on Sunday, went down to 969 from Sunday (982). 

Cumulative hospitalizations increased by 13 for a total of 87, up from Sunday (74). 

Deaths remained at seven.   Negative tests went to 10,651, up from Sunday (10,427).

Total cases in Minnehaha County went a 1,405, 43 more than Sunday (1,362). Recoveries in Minnehaha County increased to 514, up from Sunday (455). Lincoln County reached 95 positive cases, up from Sunday (90). 


Sunday, April 19
There are a total of 1,635 positive cases, up by 93 from Saturday (1,542). Recoveries increased to 646, up from Saturday (552). 

There are now 10,427 negative tests, an increase of 309 from Saturday. Cases in Minnehaha County increased by 86 for a total of 1,362, up from Saturday (1,276). Lincoln County is at 90 cases, up four from Saturday (86). 


Saturday, April 18
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers as of Saturday show the state with 1,542 total positive cases, up 131 from Friday.

According to the state department of health, recoveries increased by 95, for a total of 552. There are 5 new hospitalizations reported in the state, for a total of 68.

467 new negative tests have been performed, bringing the total negative tests to 10,118.


Friday, April 17
The state Department of Health says there are 1,411 positive cases as of Friday. That’s up from 1,311 positive cases on Thursday. Recoveries are now at 457, up from 373 on Thursday.

Deaths related to COVID-19 remain at seven.

Cumulative hospitalizations went up to 63. Negative tests are at 9,651.

There are 947 active cases in South Dakota.

Minnehaha County now has 1,157 cases; there were 1,065 cases in the county on Thursday. There have been 293 recoveries in Minnehaha County.


Thursday, April 16
South Dakota announced a total of 1,311 positive cases, up 143 from Wednesday (1,168). Statewide, recoveries increased to 373 from 329 on Wednesday. 

On Thursday, Minnehaha County passed 1,000 cases for a total of 1,065, 131 more than Wednesday (934). There have been 221 total recoveries in the county, 42 more than Wednesday (179). 

Cumulative hospitalizations went up to 55 from 51. Negative tests went to 9,239, up from Wednesday (8,691). There are two pending cases.

Deaths reported increased to seven. The state doesn’t list which county the death was reported in.

There are 931 active cases in South Dakota, up from Wednesday (833). Minnehaha County has 842 active cases and Lincoln County has 41 active cases.


Wednesday, April 15
On Wednesday, there was 1,168 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, while 329 have recovered from the virus. 

Positive cases increased by 180, up from Tuesday (988). Recoveries went up 68 from Tuesday (261). Active cases increased to 833, up from Tuesday (721).

Deaths remained at six, while total hospitalizations increased by six to 51, up from Tuesday (45). Negative tests increased to 8,691, up from Tuesday (8,308). 

Minnehaha County cases increased by 166 new cases to 934, up from Tuesday (768). There have been 179 recoveries in Minnehaha County. Lincoln County is at 65 cases with 28 recoveries.


Tuesday, April 14
The latest coronavirus update from the South Dakota Department of Health increased the state’s total positive cases to 988. 

On Tuesday, the state announced 120 more positive cases, Monday (868). Minnehaha County, home to more than half of the state’s cases, had 114 more positive cases for a total of 768, up from Monday (654). 

Recoveries also continue to increase, with a total of 261 announced Tuesday, up 54 from Monday (207). Minnehaha County has 120 recoveries, up from Monday (76).  

Active cases climbed to 721, up from Monday (655). The have been 8,308 negative tests, up from Monday (8,134). 

Cumulative hospitalizations are at 45, up from Monday (44). Deaths remained at six.


Monday, April 13
South Dakota’s Department of Health announced Monday’s COVID-19 test results which showed another record number of positive cases.

There are a total of 868 positive cases, up by 138 from Sunday (730).  Recoveries increased to 207, up from Sunday (197). There are 655 active cases. There have been 8,134 negative tests, up from Sunday (7,823). 

Cases in Minnehaha County increased by 127 for a total of 654, up from Sunday (527). Lincoln County is at 50 cases, up four from Sunday (46). 

Cumulative hospitalizations are at 44. One new hospitalization announced Monday. There were 10 new hospitalizations announced on Sunday. Deaths remained at six. 


Sunday, April 12
The latest results released by the state department of health showed an increase of 104 positive cases for a total of 730, up from Saturday (626). According to the South Dakota Department of Health, there are 10 new hospitalizations reported on Sunday, with a total of 43. Negative tests went to 7,823 up 445 from Saturday (7,378). 

89 of the new cases reported are Minnehaha County residents, bringing the total to 527. 293 of those individuals are people who work at Smithfield Foods, 55 more cases than Saturday (238).


Saturday, April 11
The latest COVID-19 test result numbers released Saturday afternoon show the state with 626 total positive cases, up 90 from Friday (536). 86 of the 90 new cases in the state are reported to be Minnehaha County residents. There are now 438 total COVID-19 cases reported in Minnehaha.

238 of the 438 are people who work at Smithfield Foods, so there are 48 new cases linked to the meatpacking plant.


Friday, April 10
Numbers from the state Department of Health show an increase of 89 positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 536, up from Thursday (447). Recoveries reached 177 with 16 new recoveries announced, up from Thursday (161). 

There are no new deaths reported in the state from COVID-19, so that total remains at six.

Active cases are at 353, up from Thursday (280). 

Thursday, April 9
The latest results released by the state Department of Health show an increase of 54 positive cases for a total of 447, up from Wednesday (393). Recoveries reached 161 with 15 new recoveries announced, up from Wednesday (146). 

There are no new deaths reported in the state from COVID-19, so that total remains at six.

Active cases are at 280, up from Wednesday (241). 


Wednesday, April 8
One day after passing the 300 case mark, South Dakota is only seven away from 400 COVID-19 cases.

The latest results released by the state department of health showed an increase of 73 positive cases for a total of 393, up from Tuesday (320). Recoveries reached 146 with 48 new recoveries announced, up from Tuesday (98). 

There are no new deaths reported in the state from COVID-19 for a total of six.

Active cases are at 241, up from Tuesday (216). Cumulative hospitalizations are at 26, up three from Tuesday (23). Negative tests went to 6,355 up 407 from Tuesday (5,948). 


Tuesday, April 7
Four days after hitting 200 positive COVID-19 cases, South Dakota has surpassed the 300 mark and added two deaths to the totals.

The latest results released by the state department of health showed an increase of 32 positive cases for a total of 320, up from Monday (288). Recoveries reached 98, with 7 new recoveries announced, up from Monday (91). 

Active cases are at 216, up from Monday (193). Cumulative hospitalizations are unchanged from Monday (23). Negative tests went to 5,948 up 216 from Monday (5732). 

Cases in Minnehaha County, which jumped 112 in one week, March 30 (28) to April 6 (140), are now at 165.    


Monday, April 6
A total of 48 new positive coronavirus cases were announced, bringing the total positive case count to 288, up from Sunday (240). Recoveries increased by 7, for a total of 91, up from Sunday (84).

The South Dakota Department of Health reports 36 new cases in Minnehaha County (104 on Sunday), with 5 new recoveries in the county (18 total on Sunday).

There are 5,732 negative cases in the state, an increase of 379 from Sunday (5,353).


Sunday, April 5
A total of 28 new positive coronavirus cases were announced, bringing the total positive case count to 240, up from Saturday (212). Recoveries increased by 8, for a total of 84, up from Saturday (76).

The South Dakota Department of Health reports 23 new cases in Minnehaha County, with 3 new recoveries in the county.

There are 5,353 negative cases in the state, an increase of 341 from Saturday (5,012).


Saturday, April 4
New test results released Saturday morning by the state department of health showed an increase of 25 positive cases for a total of 212, up from Friday (187). Recovered cases went from 69 on Friday to 76 on Saturday.

According to the Department, there are 5,012 negative cases in the state which is 419 more cases than what was reported on Friday (4,593).

Although KELOLAND News reported two COVID-19 related deaths in the Sioux Falls area on Friday, the State Department of Health says they do not report deaths until a death record has been filed. One death was at a Sioux Falls hospital, but the person was from Beadle County. 


Friday, April 3
On Friday, the state department of health announced a total of 187 positive coronavirus cases in the state, up from Thursday (165). There were 22 new cases announced, after 36 new cases were announced Thursday.  

Recoveries increased 12, up from 57 on Thursday to 69 total. Active cases, currently positive COVID-19 cases, increased to 116 from Thursday (106). Collective total hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at 17, the same as Thursday.

Negative tests are at 4,593, up from Thursday (4,217). 


Thursday, April 2
A total of 36 new positive coronavirus cases were announced, bringing the total positive case count to 165, up from Wednesday (129). There were 21 new cases and the state’s second confirmed death on Wednesday.

Recoveries increased by 6, for a total of 57, up from Wednesday (51). There were seven new recoveries announced Wednesday. Active cases, currently positive COVID-19 cases, increased to 106 from Wednesday (76). Collective total hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at 17. The figure was first announced on Tuesday; it remained at 12 on Wednesday.

The 36 new positive cases was the biggest single day jump in positive cases for South Dakota.


Wednesday, April 1
South Dakota has its second death related to COVID-19, according to family members and information from the state Department of Health.

There were 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 announced, bringing the state total to 129, up from Tuesday (108). Seven new recoveries were announced, for a total of 51, up from Tuesday (44). 

Active cases, currently positive COVID-19 cases, increased to 76 from Tuesday (63). Hospitalizations due to COVID-19, first announced on Tuesday, went unchanged from Tuesday (12)

Negative test results climbed to 3,903, up from Tuesday (3,609). 

Minnehaha County continues to see the highest total number of cases with 40. In total, 30 South Dakota counties had at least one positive case.


Tuesday, March 31
South Dakota gained seven new positive coronavirus cases Tuesday for a total of 108, up from Monday’s 101. Recoveries went to 44, 10 more from 34 on Monday. 

Active cases, currently positive COVID-19 cases, went from 66 on Monday to 63 on Tuesday.

There are 3,609 negative test results, up from Monday’s total of 3,478.

For the first time, the state department of health announced hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 12.


Monday, March 30
New test results released Monday morning by the state department of health showed an increase of 11 positive cases for a total of 101, up from Sunday (90). Recovered cases went from 29 on Sunday to 34 on Monday. 

There have been 3,478 negative tests, up from 3,127 on Sunday. Pending tests are at 0 from one on Sunday.


Sunday, March 29
22 new cases have been reported in South Dakota as of Sunday at 11:30 a.m., bringing the total to 90 COVID-19 cases. There are now 3,127 negative tests and 1 pending. Recovered patients are now up to 29.

There are 45 males and 45 females who have tested positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota.


Saturday, March 28
There are 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota on Saturday, bringing the total to 68. Recoveries also went up to 26 from 21 on Friday.

Negative tests, which now include tests by the public health lab and private labs, went all the way up to 2,592. There are now 21 cases in Minnehaha County. Beadle County remains the same as Friday, with 16 cases.


Friday, March 27
Positive cases in South Dakota went up to 58, which is 12 more from Thursday (46). Recoveries also went up to 21 from 16 on Thursday. 

Minnehaha County moved to 18 confirmed cases, the most in South Dakota. Beadle County is second with 16 positive cases. The largest age group is 50 to 59 with 16 positive cases. 


Thursday, March 26
Five new positive cases of COVID-19 and three new recoveries were released by the state health department on Thursday. That brought the total number of positive cases to 46, while the number of recoveries went to 16.

Negative tests, which now include tests by the public health lab and private labs, went all the way up to 1,973 from 819 the day before. There are still 125 pending tests.

Positive COVID-19 cases have been found in 14 counties.


Wednesday, March 25
On Wednesday, South Dakota announced its first double-digit jump in positive COVID-19 cases, while the number of recovered cases increased to 13.

There were 11 new positive cases, making the total for the state 41. There are still 268 pending tests and 819 negative tests.

Minnehaha County increased to 13 total cases, tying Beadle County for the most confirmed cases in the state.

The new cases also pushed Minnehaha County into the substantial category for community transmission or impact. Lincoln County and McCook County each moved to minimal/moderate transmission or impact.


Tuesday, March 24
The state announced two new positive COVID-19 cases in South Dakota. One is in Beadle County, an area with substantial community transmission of the virus, according to CDC definitions. The other case is from Brookings County.

Two more people have recovered, bringing that total to eight so far. Negative test results went up to 790 and pending cases was at 268.


Monday, March 23
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, officials released new test results in less than 24 hours.

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) reported seven new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. That moved the amount of positive cases in South Dakota to a total of 28.

There were still 265 pending cases in the South Dakota Public Health Lab and more pending cases at a commercial test lab. The amount of negative tests is 762. The state also announced six cases had successfully recovered from COVID-19.

Three new counties — Codington, Hughes and Lyman — each reported their first positive case of COVID-19. Beadle County led South Dakota with 12 positive cases.

Beadle County also reached the CDC level of “Substantial” which means there are five or more cases of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county. Hughes and Lyman were moved to “Minimal to Moderate” which means there was one single case of community-acquired COVID-19.


Sunday, March 22
The positive COVID-19 cases numbers jumped to 21 in South Dakota.

Six of the positive results are people in Beadle County:

  • Male, 60-69 years old
  • Female, 50-59 years old
  • Female, 20-29 years old
  • Male, 20-29 years old
  • Female, 10-19 years old
  • Male, 10-19 years old

The seventh positive test is in a man from Brown County, between 60-69 years old. The state says that case is travel related.


Saturday, March 21
With no new positive cases reported, there have been 14 cases since Thursday. However, there are now 691 negative cases and 268 pending cases in South Dakota.


Friday, March 20
Governor Kristi Noem said there were no new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota as of Friday. The case number continues to be 14 cases including one death.


Thursday, March 19
There were 94 tests were run Thursday. Out of those 94, three tested positive. Two of the new positive cases are men and one is a woman. The age range is from 30-69. All are from Beadle County.


Wednesday, March 18
The state shared no new positive or negative cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but the number of pending cases increased to 350. That’s ten times the number of cases on Tuesday, which was reported at 35.


Tuesday, March 17
As of 11:30 a.m., the South Dakota Department of Health reports 11 positive cases in the state. The latest patient is a woman from Minnehaha County between 50 – 59 years old. There are 551 negative cases and 35 pending cases in the state.


Monday, March 16
On Monday, the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases went up to 10 total. One new positive case was announced by the Department of Health. The new positive case is in Minnehaha County. The person is a man in his 20s. The state also announced the number of negative tests climbed to 494 and zero pending cases.


Sunday, March 15
The South Dakota Department of Health posted Sunday that there have been no new positive cases in the state. However, the number of negative tests went from 182 on Saturday to 327 on Sunday, with 6 cases pending.


Saturday, March 14
South Dakota’s Department of Health announced there were no new positive cases. The negative tests climbed to 182, with three cases pending. 


Friday, March 13
The Department of Health updated numbers with one new positive case and 46 negative tests and 11 pending tests. The new positive case came from McCook County. 


Thursday, March 12
No new positive or negative test results were announced. Gov. Kristi Noem announced there were 41 pending tests.  


Wednesday, March 11 
Gov. Noem announced there were three more COVID-19 positive tests. Two were in Minnehaha County and one in Bon Homme County. 


Tuesday, March 10
The first positive test results were released by Gov. Noem in the afternoon. Tuesday, officials reported five presumptive positive COVID-19 cases including one death linked to the strain of Coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said presumptive positive cases are to be treated as if they are confirmed cases. 

The cause of death for a 60 to 69 year old Pennington County man was confirmed to be COVID-19. The state says he had spent the two weeks prior to his death in Davison County and he had underlying medical conditions. 

Three men — one from Beadle County, one from Charles Mix County and one from Minnehaha County — were announced. One woman from Davison County was announced as well.


Previous COVID-19 testing coverage

Governor Kristi Noem and other public officials can’t give out names or other details about who’s been tested for COVID-19. Why? South Dakota law doesn’t allow it.

On March 9, KELOLAND.com digital reporter Michael Geheren reported South Dakota had 1,900 tests available, according to a DOH spokesman. At that time, that was enough to test 900 people because each patient tested for coronavirus typically received two tests: a nose swab and throat swab. The testing guidelines from the CDC changed twice since March 9.

On March 13, the CDC recommended to collect and test a single nose swab. On March 17, the guidelines updated the description of how to collect an accurate nasal swab. The CDC also recommended testing of “lower respiratory tract specimens.”

On testing capacity, the South Dakota Public Health Laboratory (SDPHL) was able to run tests for medium and high-risk patients on Monday, March 16. However, the SDPHL did not receive additional supplies as expected to run tests beyond March 16.  

Testing at the state lab restarted on March 19.

Avera announced on March 23 Avera’s Institute for Human Genetics worked closely with the state health department to establish guidelines on how pending tests are processed. Avera’s lab will allow the state to process an additional 200 tests per day.

Sanford also announced testing on March 23. Sanford’s projects to process nearly 400 tests per day, with plans to double capacity in the coming weeks. Sanford also promised faster results, within 24-48 hours.

On March 26, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said South Dakota could process nearly 800 tests in one day with the Avera, Sanford labs in Sioux Falls and the public health lab in Pierre.

Malsam-Rysdon said the state needed to be “good stewards with the resources they have” with who would get tested. Gov. Noem said there are protocols for who gets tested and she wasn’t going to second guess who gets a test and who doesn’t.

Malsam-Rysdon also said recovered means people don’t have symptoms and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours. Recovered people have also isolated for enough time to not be at-risk of spreading the disease.

KELOLAND News also asked state epidemiologist Joshua Clayton whether a recovered patient can contract COVID-19 again. Clayton said the CDC’s understanding of COVID-19 was still at a very low level overall but individuals are “not expected” to be infected with COVID-19 a second time.

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