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Two COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday in South Dakota; ‘Delta’ variant detected in state

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Two COVID-19 deaths reported in South Dakota Wednesday. The total is now 2035.

Active cases in Brookings County decrease by one and are at three. No new cases today, the total remains 4236. Recovered cases are at 4196. There have been 37 deaths in Brookings County. The County is in the “minimal” community spread category.

Statewide, active cases increase by two to 148. Total cases increase by 16 to 124,536. There are 122,353 recovered cases. Current hospitalizations decrease by four to 19.

The South Dakota Department of Health confirmed today that the ‘Delta’ variant of COVID-19 has been detected in South Dakota. Only one case of the variant has been identified in Edmunds County, it is safe to assume other cases may exist.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says they’re closely following this development and would like to reiterate the importance of getting vaccinated.

The ‘Delta’ variant is more easily spread and reduces the effectiveness of existing treatments.

Fifty-seven percent of the state’s eligible population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest information can be seen at the South Dakota Department of Health website.

 

June 30, 2021