South Dakota Adds 1,185 New COVID Cases on Friday, October 23, 2020 - Nine New Deaths Reported

South Dakota saw its largest one day increase of COVID-19 cases on Friday since the pandemic began.  The Department of Health reported 1,185 new cases and nine new deaths.  Three-Hundred Fifty-Six deaths, so far, statewide have been contributed to the virus.  The nine new deaths on Friday were five women and four men. Active cases in the state are now 9,862 up from Thursday’s count of 9,273.  Currently there are 349 patients hospitalized, that is down six cases from Thursday.    

Codington County added 34 new cases on Friday, bringing the total confirmed case count to 1,345.  Of those cases, 1,037 have recovered and 315 cases remain active.  Eighty-One patients have been hospitalized in Watertown since the beginning of the virus.  

Regionally, 

Clark County - 44 active cases 

Day County – 40 active cases 

Deuel County – 47 active cases 

Grant County – 84 active cases 

Roberts County – 72 active cases 

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is again hosting the 19th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24th.  The annual nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public ab…

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Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced updates to expand the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which utilizes Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to assist small businesses, community-based healthcare providers, and non-profits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron was one of 16 South Dakota mayors that came together late last week and signed a letter asking South Dakotans to do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The letter released by the South Dakota Municipal League urges all South Dakotans to wear a m…

Via the telephone, October 21st, 2020, Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron talked about the importance of masks wearing, as South Dakota has seen a serge in COVID-19 cases.

Due to the recent snowfall that the City of Watertown has received, the Street Division will be plowing the Downtown Business District only, starting at 4 AM on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.

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The City of Watertown reviewed the long-term capital improvement plan for the next five fiscal years during the Public Works, Finance and Safety Committee meeting on Monday night.  The complete plan which includes a new city hall building, new street department facility, golf course clubhous…

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On Thursday afternoon shortly after 4pm Watertown Police and the Codington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Northwest Watertown on a report of a man who was threatening suicide with a knife. According to Police, the man was threatening “Suicide by Cop.”

A U.S. Highway 14 bridge now bears the name of Hyde County’s only fallen hero from the Vietnam War.  The Sgt. Daniel Busse Memorial Bridge was dedicated this week at the Hyde County Auditorium in Highmore.  South Dakota Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock, of Watertown, say…

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The Watertown Relief Fund at the Watertown Area Community Foundation is $25,000 stronger thanks to a Making Life Great grant from Great Western Bank. The Making Life Great grants program targets innovative programs that enhance the quality of life within the communities in which Great Wester…

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Watertown Police have announced the arrest of 25-year-old, Ricardo “Ricky” Ortiz after their investigation into the overdose death of 24-year-Old Tyler Mertz of Watertown. Police and Paramedics was called to an address in the 700 block of East Kemp Avenue in Watertown on September 11th, at 1…

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The Friends of the Goss Opera House non-profit foundation has announced changes to its staff and board. Missy Sinner who led the non-profit as Executive Director through the “Light Up the Goss” capital campaign and the recently completed $5 Million Goss renovation is stepping down. Local bus…

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State officials held a news conference in Sioux Falls today (Tuesday) to update information into the fatal car – pedestrian accident involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price says its been an active investigation since the start..... 

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Codington County has enacted a burn ban.  It was approved by the commissioners at a Tuesday morning meeting.  Codington County Emergency Management Director Jamie Torstenson explained to the commissioner why the ban is needed....

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