1 new COVID-19 death recorded in South Dakota

The deceased was a male from Minnehaha County over the age of 80, a Forum News Service analysis found.

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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported one new death of a resident as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday, Aug. 1.

The deceased was a male from Minnehaha County over the age of 80, a Forum News Service analysis found. While the department does not publish specific information regarding each death, citing privacy concerns, it does post aggregate data on deaths by age, sex and county.

Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County leads the state with 4,223 cases of the virus, accounting for nearly half of all cases in the state. Rapid City's Pennington County has posted 826 cases while Huron's Beadle County has tallied 587 cases. In total, South Dakota has reported 8,955 cases.


Minnehaha County leads the state in active cases with 335. Pennington County has nearly one-third the number of active cases with 112. Active cases statewide have held above 800 since late June and totaled 911 according to Sunday's data.

The state reported three new hospitalizations due to the illness, moving the total number of individuals hospitalized to 835. Active hospitalizations totaled 35, dropping 27% over the past seven days.

COVID-19 patients are currently occupying 1% of all state hospital beds, 3% of intensive care unit beds and 5% of ventilators, the department reported.

According to the Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention , South Dakota has recorded the ninth-fewest deaths from COVID-19 and tenth-fewest cases of the virus of any state.

Across the United States, the CDC has reported 4,542,579 cases of COVID-19 and 152,870 deaths from the virus.

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over two years, primarily reporting on business news. Reach him at or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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