The Latest: Elder care facility reports coronavirus death

April 3, 2020 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A Sioux Falls elder care facility said on Friday that one resident has died after contracting the coronavirus.

The Prince of Peace Retirement Community, run by Avera Health, announced earlier this week that three residents had become infected. Avera said it believed an asymptomatic staff member had unknowingly brought the infection into the facility. They isolated the people who contracted the coronavirus.

The administrator of the facility, Justin Hinker, said “We will take all precautions possible to stop the spread of this virus in our facility.”

Three people have died in the state after contracting the coronavirus.

12:00 p.m.

South Dakota health officials reported Friday that 22 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the state’s tally of cases to 187.

The number of people who have tested positive in the state has doubled since Sunday.

About a third of the people who have tested positive in the state have recovered, officials reported, while 17 have required hospitalization. Two have died. Over 4,700 people have been tested through the state lab and commercial labs, but most of those have yielded negative results.

The state’s most populated area, Minnehaha County, saw the greatest increase in positive test results with 15.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said during a briefing that she would investigate irregularities with the Health Department’s count at the county level.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illness, including pneumonia.


10:50 a.m.

Inmates at South Dakota prisons are producing personal protective equipment for prison staff, the state Department of Corrections announced on Friday.

South Dakota prisons have several manufacturing shops that have turned to producing cotton face masks, nylon gowns and plastic face shields amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Corrections said the equipment is not approved for medical use, but could be used in an emergency.

The prison manufacturing program plans to produce several thousand gowns, masks and disposable face shields that could also be used by other government agencies.


One woman held at the Women’s Prison in Pierre tested positive for the coronavirus last month, sparking fears that infections could spread rapidly in the facility. Nine women fled the prison shortly after the positive test result was announced, and seven have since been apprehended.

Health officials have said several inmates were tested for the coronavirus, but have not reported any more positive results.

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, and death.