A Lake County resident is included among the ten new COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday by the state Department of Health.  This brings Lake County’s total number of virus-related deaths to eight.  The nine other deaths reported Wednesday include two each in Codington and Pennington counties, and one each in Beadle, Lincoln, Meade, Turner, and Union counties. 

Lake County also reported an increase of three positive COVID-19 cases and two recovered cases Wednesday.  Along with a total of eight deaths, this keeps the number of active cases in the county at 26.

Overall, the state Department of Health is reporting 609 new positive cases Wednesday, with 562 of them considered confirmed cases and the other 47 listed as probable cases.  The probable cases include people with positive antigen tests, which are from rapid testing.  State Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said that the antigen testing is being done more in long-term care facilities and will soon be used in schools as well.  She said these probable cases are treated just like confirmed cases as far as how they are handled by the department.  Along with Wednesday’s new positive confirmed and probable cases, the state has also added in more than 400 probable cases from the past month to the overall case total.  The state’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now at close to 26-thousand.

In our area counties as of Wednesday, there are now 90 active COVID-19 cases in Brookings County, 47 in McCook, and 35 in Moody County.  Kingsbury County currently has 18 active coronavirus cases, and Miner County has 16.  

More information from the state Department of Health can be found at covid.sd.gov.