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COVID-19 cases continue to drop in South Dakota

Fairbanks residents who are fully vaccinated are able to go without masks with minimal risk of...
Fairbanks residents who are fully vaccinated are able to go without masks with minimal risk of transmission of COVID-19.(ktvf)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Still on the road to recovery from COVID-19, South Dakota case numbers continue to improve.

“Our numbers are down and our positive test rate is the lowest it’s ever been. It’s down to like 2 or 3%. here in Pennington County, it’s actually some days even lower than 2%,” said Dr. Shankar Kurra of Monument Health.

Kurra said from a community spread standpoint we are in the clear mostly thanks to vaccinations.

“It just depends on the region. Each county, you know the numbers if we break down the number vaccinated, if we can get to at least 70% then we are definitely out of the woods,” said Kurra.

He said we are no longer seeing any numbers across the state that suggest the virus is actively spreading.

“But that could change very quickly if we don’t get our vaccination numbers up,” said Kurra.

He urges people to get vaccinated even if they’ve already been infected or are younger between 12-17.

“They’re not really safe as many people assume because, yes, the vast majority will escape serious consequences, but the minority, even if it’s about a percent or less, when they get what’s called a multi-system inflammatory syndrome it’s bad. In that age group 12-17, it can damage their internal organs for life.”

Overall, Kurra is optimistic about the future.

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