South Dakota officials report 61 COVID-19 cases from camp

July 30, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported Thursday that 61 people have COVID-19 after an outbreak at a summer camp in Keystone.

As the average number of daily new cases over the last two weeks has increased by 22, an increase of nearly 38%. The Department of Health reported 44 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday. Health officials said some of those cases are tied to outbreaks at several residential facilities.

There were 328 people at the summer camp, called Camp Judson, according to State Epidemiologist Josh Clayton. Six people from the summer camp have recovered.

McCrossan Boys Ranch, a facility for adolescent boys in Sioux Falls, has less than 15 cases, while an elder care facility, Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, has less than 25 cases, according to the Department of Health.

A total of 8,685 people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 during the pandemic. About 88% of those people have recovered, but 129 have died.

Meanwhile, new unemployment claims in the state held mostly stable, with the Department of Labor and Regulation reporting that 753 new people filed for unemployment during the week ending July 25. That was a decrease of 19 claims from the previous week.