South Dakota adds 220 new COVID-19 infections, active cases drop

Watertown's Codington County added 32 new cases, leading the state.

3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. National Institutes of Health

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported 220 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday morning, Sept. 6.

Watertown's Codington County added 32 new cases, leading the state. Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County recorded 30 new cases, while Brookings County reported 23 new cases. Canton's Lincoln County, Rapid City's Pennington County and Aberdeen's Brown County added 21, 19 and 18 new cases, respectively.

Brule, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Davison, Dewey, Hughes, Lake, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota, Lawrence, Turner and Yankton counties each added seven or fewer new cases.

The 220 new cases came from 1,194 tests, a positivity rate of 18.43%.


The number of active cases in the state decreased by 39 from yesterday's pandemic high of 3,057. Vermillion's Clay County reported 167 active cases, down 25 from a day prior. Minnehaha County's active cases fell by 17 to 643. Active cases decreased by nine to 96 in Deadwood's Lawrence County.

Codington County added 16 new active cases.

Statewide, active cases have increased 10% since the beginning of the month.

The department did not report any new deaths from the virus. In total, 173 South Dakotans have died from the virus. The mortality rate for South Dakotans who have been infected with COVID-19 is 1.15%.

Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 6,181,474 cases of COVID-19 and 187,159 deaths from the virus.

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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