Noem optimistic about trend of infections in South Dakota

May 20, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday that South Dakota is seeing “fantastic” trends in the projected rates of coronavirus in the state.

While Noem said she hates to see new hospitalizations or deaths from COVID-19, she told reporters in her daily briefing, “We do know we’re far below what our projections are, and that’s a good thing for our state.”

South Dakota health officials report two new deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday. That brings the state’s death toll to 46.

Statewide, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections grew to 4,085, up 58 from the previous day.

Minnehaha County continues to lead the state in infections, with 3,165 cases and 40 deaths.