South Dakota COVID-19 cases rise to 28

Published: Mar. 16, 2020 at 11:41 AM CDT
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On Monday, positive COVID-19 cases in the state reached 28, according to the South Dakota Department of Health's


Governor Noem says models the state health department are using predicts that about 30 percent of South Dakota’s population will contract COVID-19. The models are also projecting that state cases will not peak until late-May, early-June.

On Monday, Governor Noem announced seven more positive COVID-19 cases, with three of them hospitalized.

Governor Noem says there is community spread within Beadle, Lyman, and Hughes counties.

The rest of the positive cases are in Bon Homme, Brown, Charles Mix, Codington, Davison, Hughes, Lyman, McCook Minnehaha, and Pennington counties. A patient in Pennington County died, officials say though he had an underlying health condition, he did die because of COVID-19.

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A total of 762 people in the state have been tested. The state's website says 265 cases are pending as of March 23.