| Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Coronavirus: How R-0 can be used to fight COVID-19
R-0 may be the most important scientific term you’ve never heard of when it comes to stopping the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of new COVID-19 cases rose by more than 1,000 for the second time in three days in South Dakota on Sunday, and nine new deaths were reported.
The Department of Health reported 1,063 new cases on Sunday, two days after the state added 1,185 cases.
In all, 10,745 people have COVID-19 and are considered active cases by the state. That’s an increase of 527 from Saturday.
Eight of the nine people who died were over the age of 80 and one was in the 70-79 age range. Three of the people were from Davison County and two from Turner County. Hughes, Jerauld, Minnehaha and Todd counties all reported one death each. The state has reported 375 deaths overall.
Hospitalizations increased by 10 to 366, a record for the state. The Department of Health says that there are 35% of ICU beds available and that COVID-19 patients are occupying 25 percent of the ICU beds in the state.
Minnehaha County’s case count increased by 207, Bon Hommes by 140 and Pennington County by 94. Other counties with a growth of more than 20: Brookings (36), Brown (32), Clay (27), Davison (23), Lincoln (58) and Oglala Lakota (35).