South Dakota took a big jump in the number of COVID-19 cases since Wednesday. According to the South Dakota Department of Health, there are now 165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Thursday afternoon that is up from 36 cases from Wednesday.  There have been 17 collective hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients and 57 patients who have recovered.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says Codington County has one new case. In addition, the other new cases are in Brown, Davison, Hughes, Lake, Lawrence, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Pennington, Spink, Turner, Union and Yankton Counties. 

During the press briefing Thursday afternoon, Dr. Clayton and Secretary of Health, Kim Malsom-Rysden, was asked what type of surfaces the COVID-19 virus could live on and how long……

Malsom-Rysden says the Department of Health is continuing to work with hospitals to assess their bed capabilities to address a patient surge issue if that becomes necessary……

In her afternoon conference, Governor Kristi Noem said the al of the measures that have been put in place to slow the spread in South Dakota are working…..

The Governor says as the state continues to “Flattening the Curve”, there will be changes to the peak infection date……

Noem also said that she is activating the South Dakota National Guard to assist with setting up additional hospital resources in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.  Other cities will follow later if needed….

Noem says in the next few days she will announce which National Guard units will be serving….

The temporary hospitals will hold up 100 beds each.