South Dakota reports 128 new cases of COVID-19

Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County, the state's most populous area, added 46 new cases.

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 128 new cases of COVID-19 in the state , bringing the state's total number of infections to 9,605.

Sioux Falls's Minnehaha County, the state's most populous area, added 46 new cases. The county is home to 4,422 cases and is the only county in the state with cases in quadruple digits. Active cases in Minnehaha County rose by 14 to 363.

Lincoln County, directly south of Minnehaha County, posted 17 new cases to climb to 638 cases, third most in the state.

Rapid City's Pennington County, which has the second-most cases of any county in South Dakota, recorded 10 new cases, bringing the county to 891 cases. Pennington County's active cases increased by five to 122.

Brown County recorded six new cases, while Brookings, Codington and Clay counties each added four new cases. Three new cases were reported in Davidson County. Beadle County added two new cases. Yankton County and Charles Mix County each reported one new case.


Five new South Dakotans were hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 876. Currently, the state has 55 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

COVID-19 patients are currently occupying 2% of all state hospital beds, 3% of intensive care unit beds and 5% of ventilators, the department reported.

South Dakota has recorded the 10th-fewest cases of COVID-19 and seventh-fewest deaths from the virus, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated .

Across the United States, the CDC has reported 4,920,369 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 160,200 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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