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Pennington County reports one death and seven new coronavirus cases

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One Pennington County resident died and seven more have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Thursday's report from the South Dakota Department of Health.

Pennington County has reported 13 deaths, and there are now 482 total positive tests with 141 listed as active cases. There were 77 tests included in Thursday's report for Pennington County. 

The outbreak at the Avantara Arrowhead extended care facility in Rapid City has now identified 43 residents and 19 staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus.

The state saw an increase of 60 cases of COVID-19 illness as 777 tests were reported Thursday. The state has reported 6,479 total positive tests. That includes 800 active cases — up 19 from Wednesday.

A total of 79 are hospitalized — down two from Wednesday. The state has reported 87 total deaths from COVID-19.

Oglala-Lakota County added five new cases on 14 tests. Fifteen of the 65 cases in Oglala-Lakota County are listed as active. Fall River County tested eight residents and reported two positive tests. Five cases there are still active. Meade County reported 40 tests with one new positive. There are 10 active cases there. Custer County reported nine negative tests with six active cases and Lawrence County recorded 15 negative tests. Ten cases there are still active. 

Minnehaha County reported 10 new cases and Brown County had five new cases. Beadle and Hughes counties reported four positive tests and Brown, Clay and Lincoln counties each reported three new cases. Codington and Miner counties each added two and Bennett, Brule, Charles Mix, Corson, Hanson, McCook, Todd and Yankton counties each added one.

In other outbreaks, 163 of 169 employees at the DemKota Beef plant in Aberdeen have recovered. The state reported that 112 of 126 Jack Links employees in Alpena have recovered as have 71 of the 95 employees who tested positive at the Dakota Provisions plant in Huron.

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