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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:41 PM

South Dakota is nation's top hot spot for COVID-19; 2,143 test positive in last week

South Dakota surpassed 3,000 active COVID-19 cases Thursday while becoming the state with the highest per capita surge in the nation, according to nationwide tracking by the New York Times. Iowa and North Dakota follow the state in hot spot rankings.

In the past seven days, 2,143 South Dakotans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Department of Health.

State epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said he has expected the state’s active cases to have peaks and valleys since June, but he “certainly was not wanting to see this high level of cases.”

“This is definitely within the possibility of what I was thinking when we were talking about seeing increasing cases,” he said. “This is reminiscent of what we will see if we have individuals who are not taking proper precautions.”

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118 South Dakotans have COVID-19 as a result of attending the Sturgis motorcycle rally, the DOH reported Thursday.

Clayton said the state is basing its rally tally on South Dakota residents who in 14 days prior to their illness onset visited Sturgis or attended an event that would be considered part of the motorcycle rally prior to their illness.

Clayton said the state is not counting secondary infections in their tally. A secondary infection would be someone who went to the rally, contracted COVID-19 and then infected a friend or family member who was not at the rally.

Read more: http://www.brenhambanner.com/lifestyles/health/south-dakota-is-nations-top-hot-spot-for-covid-19-2-143-test-positive-in/article_4637a76f-139b-5f5c-baab-32f99564e9a1.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:49 PM

1. So, at this unfortunate rate of growth, the entire state will be CV-positive, let's say in

374 weeks ... of course I jest but large numbers mean a larger share of the population is exposed. My best to the people of the state. I do have friends up there, that worked originally in STLMO, but moved back home (to South Dakota).

Of course these numbers are probably understated, being that rates of infections have been growing faster it seems than actual testing rates, and as they said in the article, secondary infections aren't being counted.

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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 07:49 PM

2. 2,143 cases in seven days.

That's high considering its a rural State with a total population of 800,000.

Oops! Sorry Sturgis..

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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 08:01 PM

3. You reap what you sow.

Rural states like ND/SD, etc had plenty of "heads up" as to how virulent and dangerous this virus was. They chose to ignore. You explain it to your constituents. Too bad those states that take it seriously can't sue irresponsible states for allowing events that contaminated populations outside of their jurisdictions.

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