By Kelli Bultena
Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic cities, counties, states and nations have been tracking the data. Lincoln County has consistently been the second highest ranking county for positive COVID-19 cases in South Dakota. That changed on Tuesday, as Brown County had the same number of positive cases as Lincoln County —205 apiece. On Wednesday, May 20 Brown County was at 211 positive cases, while Lincoln County was at 209; Minnehaha County lists 3,182 positive cases.
The number of positive cases as of May 20 is broken down as follows for Lincoln County: active cases 42, recovered cases 167, ever-hospitalized cases 19. The active cases were at the lowest number they have been all month on Tuesday with 41 cases then active, this number has ticked up again. Within the last week the number of new positive cases identified daily has been four or less per day.
Lincoln County is still defined as having Substantial Community Spread. According to the CDC, it is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
n South Dakota, according to the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) statewide cases are at 4,177 as of May 20. Of those, 1,108 are active cases with 3,023 recovered. There have been 46 deaths in South Dakota due to COVID-19.
As a country, according to John Hopkins University and Medicine, the United States has 1,531,485 confirmed cases and 92,066 deaths as a result of COVID-19 as of May 20, 2020.
The chart above shows the Lincoln County active cases with the blue circle/line and the ever-hospitalized number of cases in the green bars.
The chart below tracks the daily number of new cases in Lincoln County. All data is collected from doh.sd.gov.