MITCHELL, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health recorded 36 new deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday, Nov. 20, marking the third consecutive day the state has eclipsed 30 deaths.

The COVID-19 death toll now stands at 741, with 304 coming in November. Meanwhile, hospitalizations have decreased for the third consecutive day, dropping to 574 from the Nov. 19 total of 578.

An additional 1,328 positive cases were also reported, as the state surpassed 70,000 total cases since the pandemic began and now sits at 71,070. South Dakota’s positivity rate is now up to 23.16%.

CDC finds Minnesota case spread linked to Sturgis

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday says the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 7-16 was responsible for a total of 86 cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

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The CDC admits the study did not account for the rally’s impact on residents from other states, nor did it capture the full scope of cases in the state, but the findings did prove the importance of face masks and social distancing recommendations.

All cases in the study were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health or local public health entities, while secondary and tertiary cases were also found in case interview data. Secondary cases were identified as people that did not attend the rally, but test positive after contact with someone that did attend. Tertiary cases were those that contracted the virus after contact with a secondary case.

Fifty-one of the 86 cases came from those that attended the rally, with 21 secondary cases and five tertiary cases.

In September, the Associated Press found 290 people in 12 states tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the rally.

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