All three COVID-19 deaths reported by the South Dakota Department of Health Thursday were from Pennington County. Ten Pennington County residents have died from COVID-19 illnesses in a week and 222 have died here since the pandemic began.
The deaths reported Thursday were all men. One was in his 30s, one in his 50s, and the other was over 80. The death toll in South Dakota is 2,096.
The spread of the disease in Pennington County is showing no signs of slowing down. Of the 553 cases reported in South Dakota Thursday, 162 were in Pennington County. There are 2,109 active infections in the county and 7,526 in the state.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses increased by 10 to 214 with 54 in ICU and 44 on ventilators. Black Hills hospitals have 104 patients with 22 in ICU and 16 on ventilators.
There were 174 new infections in children under 19 reported Thursday and 40 people over 70 tested positive.
Meade County reported 31 new cases and there were 28 in Butte County. Lawrence County reported 25 positive tests and there were 15 in Custer County. Oglala-Lakota County reported five new infections and there were four in Fall River County.
Minnehaha County had 99 positive tests. There are 1,232 active cases in the state's most populous county. Brookings County reported 28 new cases and there were 14 in Brown County. Codington County recorded 12 new infections and Dewey and Lincoln counties each had 10. Davison County reported eight new infections and there were seven each in Beadle and Todd counties.
Six new cases each were discovered in Charles Mix and Hamlin counties and five each in Clay, Corson, Moody, Tripp and Yankton counties. Hutchinson and Roberts counties each reported four new infections and there were three each in Hughes, Jackson, Lake, Spink, Turner and Ziebach counties. Six counties recorded two positive tests each and there was one each in 13 others.