South Dakota sees 343 new COVID-19 cases Thursday; Recent data under-reported due to ‘reporting aberration’
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The South Dakota Department of Health reported its biggest one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases yet on Thursday, recording 343 additional cases.
Health officials also said a data aberration led to under-reporting case numbers over the previous two days - adding 280 more total cases to Tuesday and Wednesday’s tally.
CLARIFICATION: A press release from the Department of Health stated Thursday’s case report included cases that were not reported on Tuesday and Wednesday; this was reflected in an earlier version of this story. In a media briefing, State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton clarified that Thursday’s numbers did not include additional cases from the previous two days. Therefore, the 343 new cases are only from the Thursday reporting period. Tuesday’s corrected case number increased to 133, and Wednesday’s increased to 292.
South Dakota now has a total of 12,193 known COVID-19 cases. Active cases also increased substantially due to the corrected numbers, reaching 2,000 on Thursday.
Department of health officials say an aberration occurred Sunday evening during the automated geocoding process of new test results received. This geocoding process helps officials verify the state and county where the patient lives. State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said the problem has been fixed. He said the aberration did not affect notification or investigation process.
The total number of deaths due to the disease remained steady at 162.
Current hospitalizations increased by 17 to 75.
Officials also confirmed more cases related to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Clayton said 88 people associated with the rally have tested positive. This only includes South Dakota residents, and does not factor in people from outside the state who may have been infected at the rally.
Sec. of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said most of the new cases have been in people under the age of 30. She said the number of infections of at-risk people over the age of 60 has decreased.
Malsam-Rysdon also said that overall deaths in the state of South Dakota have decreased by 2% since the first coronavirus case was reported in early March.
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