Second South Dakota child under 10 dies after contracting COVID

January 18, 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A second child younger than 10 years old has died after contracting the coronavirus in South Dakota.

The state Health Department says the child was from Minnehaha County.

Department spokesman Daniel Bucheli says COVID-19 was “the underlying factor.” Bucheli said no further information would be made available.

The first death was an infant under the age of 1 out of Pennington County.

Nearly 13,000 children under age 10 have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The state confirmed 2,265 new and probable cases on Tuesday, when active cases reached a record high for a fifth time.

The overall total for deaths due to the virus stands at 2,560.