1st South Dakota prisoner dies due to COVID-19 complications

November 10, 2020 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has reported its first case of a prison inmate dying due to complications from COVID-19, according to Department of Corrections data posted Monday.

The daily update showed that the inmate was being housed at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield. The report did not say how old the person was or when that person died.

More than 50% of state prisoners have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The department has confirmed 1,870 cases since the pandemic began, out of about 3,350 prisoners.

The death told from the virus is 537.

State health officials reported Monday that the number of hospitalizations rose for a fourth straight day, with 566 people being treated in medical facilities around the state. There were 907 virus cases confirmed in the last day, lifting the statewide total to 56,311 known cases.


There were more than 1,836 new cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks second in the country behind North Dakota for new cases per capita. One in every 109 people in South Dakota tested positive in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.