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Davison County COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations reach new highs

Swabs used for drive-thru testing for the coronavirus are displayed March 12, 2020 at the Avera Grassland Campus in Mitchell. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Davison County is experiencing its biggest COVID-19 surge of 2020.

More than 20 percent of the total COVID-19 case count since March in Davison County has been reported in the last week, adding 360 total cases in the last seven days.

As of Monday, Nov. 9, Davison County had 659 active cases of COVID-19, a 65% increase in active cases in the county compared to the start of the month, when Davison County had 399.

On Monday, Davison County went over 1,500 positive cases of COVID-19, now at 1,503 cases with 36 new cases confirmed on Monday. Twelve Davison County residents have died from COVID-19, while 844 people have been deemed recovered.

The county’s number of hospitalizations and ICU patients has also increased. At Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, 18 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, while eight patients are in the hospital’s intensive care unit and are being treated for COVID-19. Both of those figures are record highs since South Dakota began publicly releasing hospital-specific data in mid-October.


A three-day stretch from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, Davison County reported 212 new cases, including 79 on Nov. 4, according to the archived case data provided by the South Dakota Department of Health. Those three days included more cases than Davison County had experienced for all of 2020 up until Sept. 19.

According to the Department of Health, Davison County’s test positivity rate in the last week is 34.85%, which ranks No. 13 out of the 66 counties in South Dakota. Thirty counties in the state reported a test positivity rate for the RT-PCR tests at 30% or higher for the past week.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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