State COVID-19 cases increase to 21; now 10 in Beadle County

The state Sunday is reporting seven new positive cases of COVID-19.  Six of those new positive cases are in Beadle County, and one is in Brown County.  With Sunday’s numbers, that brings the total number of positive Coronavirus cases in Beadle County to 10.

Governor Kristi Noem held a news conference Sunday to announce the results and to put out a directive to Beadle County residents.

With the number of cases in Beadle County, the governor is asking that serious measures be taken there to contain the spread.

Governor Noem said the positive Beadle County cases are in three males ages 10-19, 20-29, and 60-69 and females ages 10-19, 20-29, and 50-59.  She said that all the new positive cases are either travel related or because the person had interacted with someone who had already tested positive for the virus.

The Brown County individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is a male in his 60’s, and the governor says his is travel related.

The state ran 58 tests Saturday that then resulted in the seven new positive cases.  Governor Noem said the state will be running another 29 tests Sunday at the state health lab.  She said that more than 700 tests are being processed by other commercial labs and the state will update with results from those when they are available. 

Governor Noem also reported Sunday that of the original 14 positive cases reported in the state that six of them had now fully recovered.  She also said that none of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized in the state.  

More information on the state’s numbers can be found here.

More community information and a link to the Governor’s news conference can be found here.