The number of people with active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota is at the highest it has ever been with a total of 2,750 active cases in the state on Tuesday, September 1. Over the past week, there have been an average of 298 cases per day, an increase of 199 percent from the average two weeks earlier.
Seventy-eight people are currently hospitalized for the virus and there are 10,832 recovered cases in the state as of Sept. 1. In South Dakota 167 people have died from COVID-19.
In Lincoln County specifically, there are 154 people with active cases out of a total of 919 cases. This is the highest number of active cases since the Pandemic began. Two people have died in Lincoln County from COVID-19. Lincoln County is still defined as having substantial community spread.
The South Dakota Department of Health is now tracking COVID-19 numbers in the state K-12 schools and colleges and Technical Schools. The information released late Monday afternoon showed a large increase over the previous week.
From Aug. 23-29 the information shows that 124 cases have been added at the K-12 level, bringing the total to 195 since Aug. 9. This number includes 138 students and 57 staff members. There are 20 schools with three or more positive cases and 94 schools with 1-2 positive cases reported.
Within South Dakota Colleges, Universities, and Technical Colleges there were an additional 481 cases added Aug. 23-29, bringing that total to 552 cases since Aug. 9. There are 518 students and 34 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. For more from the department of health visit https://covid.sd.gov.
As a country, according to John Hopkins University and Medicine, the United States has had 6,039,169 positive COVID-19 cases and 183,733 deaths as a result of COVID-19 as of September 1, 2020.