WEDNESDAY UPDATE: South Dakota COVID-19 cases increase by 73, Minnehaha County cases spiking

APRIL 8, 2020

Mike Tanner


PIERRE, S.D.–There’s good news and bad news in Wednesday’s COVID-19 report from the South Dakota Department of Health.


The good news is no additional deaths from the virus have been reported in the state. That number remains at six.


The bad news is that new cases in South Dakota soared by 73 in just the past 24 hours, and it’s becoming more apparent that the major trouble spot is the state’s most populous county–Minnehaha. 


There were 63 new cases reported in that county in just the past 24 hours, giving them 228 cases in total. Forty-one residents of Minnehaha County who’ve had the virus are now listed as recovered.


Other new cases were reported Wednesday in the counties of Bon Homme (one), Lake (one), Lincoln (four), Turner (one) and Yankton (two). 


Codington County cases remained at 12, with two additional recoveries in the county, for a total of six.


Statewide, 393 residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. One-hundred-forty-six South Dakotans stricken with the virus have recovered. Twenty-six South Dakotans have required hospitalization.