The Latest: One new COVID-19 death, 71 cases in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local):
South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported one new death from COVID-19 and 71 new cases.
So far, eight people have died in the state, and 1,755 people have confirmed infections. Over 80% of the cases in the state were reported in Minnehaha County, where an outbreak at a Smithfield pork processing plant infected 761 employees. The death reported Tuesday was also in Minnehaha County.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
A halfway house in Sioux Falls is locked down tightly after 14 residents and two employees contracted the new coronavirus.
The Arch executive director Gary Tuschen said the facility has been working with a state health department case manager to do contract tracing and find individuals who may have come in contact with its residents.
Halfway house officials locked down the facility began prohibiting visitors and only allowing residents to go to and from work April 6.
As cases rose, the facility tightened measures ad confined residents to their rooms.
The Argus Leader reported staff are using personal protective equipment, and are doing their best to give residents a break outside during the day, but officials couldn’t risk having the virus spread to more residents and staff if only some were allowed to move around.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.