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 negative test results and pending tests.
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.
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.
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, positive COVID-19 cases with potential to spread, went from 66 on Monday to 64 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
On March 9, KELOLAND.com digital reporter Michael Geheren reported South Dakota had 1,900 tests available, according to Haskins. 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.
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.