State schools clear 5,000 COVID cases on year


HURON — The most recent report from the state’s K-12 schools and colleges shows that over the week of Nov. 14-20, the 5,000th combined case within the state’s schools was recorded for the 2021-2022 school year.

Wednesday was the last day for COVID-19 numbers reporting from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) for the week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The state added 574 new positive cases Wednesday along with two new deaths and 439 new recovered cases.

That bumped the active virus cases in the state over 7,000 to 7,080, the first time the active caseload in the state has exceeded 7,000 since Oct. 4.

Beadle County added seven new positive cases and nine new recovered cases in Wednesday’s DOH report. The active cases in the county were at 96.

The Heartland Region reported 18 new positive cases in the seven-county region and 19 new recovered cases. Active cases in the region were at 192.

The Nov. 14-20 report from the Dept. of Education to DOH indicated 307 new positive cases among the state’s K-12 schools and 28 new positive cases among the state’s colleges, technical schools, and universities, pushing the combined total of positive COVID-19 cases during the 2021-2022 school year to 5,107.

Among the state’s 899 K-12 schools, 630 active virus cases were noted among students and staff, with 657 schools reporting zero infections and 83 reporting three or more.

The state’s 15 institutes of higher learning reported 58 active COVID infections among them, with one reporting zero active cases and 10 reporting three or more active cases among students and staff.

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