UPDATE: No new COVID-19 deaths, 68 new cases reported in South Dakota Tuesday
UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.
Health officials say a new COVID-19 death listed on the South Dakota Department of Health's website was a mistake.
State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said Tuesday the new death was posted erroneously, and that the state's death total remains at 11.
The state recorded 68 new cases, bringing the total to 2,313. Officials also confirmed 76 new recoveries Tuesday increasing the total to 1,392.
When asked during a briefing why South Dakota seems to have a lower COVID-19 death rate than other states in the region, Clayton part of it may be due to the fact that a large proportion of the state's cases are connected to the outbreak at Smithfield Foods - meaning most cases are younger, working-age individuals who are generally healthy. Clayton also said people in the state have been doing a good job following the CDC's social distancing guidelines.
Regarding the outbreak at Smithfield Foods, Clayton said a total of 853 employees have tested positive for the disease. A total of 245 cases involve close contact to Smithfield cases.
Authorities say another person has died from COVID-19 in South Dakota.
Tuesday's new confirmed death bring the total number of deaths due to the disease in the state to 12.
The South Dakota Department of Health also confirmed an additional 68 cases Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 2,313.
South Dakota also saw 76 new recoveries Tuesday. A total of 1,392 people diagnosed with the disease have recovered, meaning there are currently 909 active cases.
Sixty-nine people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
: South Dakota's COVID-19 website