Beadle County

After fighting off an initial hotspot in the early days of the pandemic in South Dakota, Beadle County is again leading the state in new COVID-19 cases. Health officials announced 33 new cases Thursday. Department of Health officials point to an ongoing cluster at the LSI Jack Links plant in Alpena as the main source of new cases. One employee has died from the virus.

State epidemiologist Josh Clayton says 99 cases have been tied to the plant, and 47 of those have recovered.

Mayor Paul Aylward & PIO Mark Johnson

Apr 8, 2020

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News Special: Rep Johnson & COVID-19 In Huron

Mar 24, 2020

Congressman Dusty Johnson joins us today for an update on Congressional efforts to blunt the impact of the coronavirus in the U.S., we hear from Huron, the largest city in Beadle County, which currently has more coronavirus cases than any other county in South Dakota, The Secretary of South Dakota's Department of Tourism joins us for a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and arts industry, and much more in this "In the Moment" news special. 

Beadle County: The Epicenter Of COVID-19 In SD

Mar 24, 2020

In The Moment ... March 24, 2020 Show 780 Hour 1

We're checking in with communities across the state about how coronavirus is impacting them. We begin in Huron, the largest city in Beadle County. Beadle Country currently has more cases than any other county in South Dakota, despite having a much smaller population than some of the others.

Governor Kristi Noem says a county in east central South Dakota is at risk of community spread of the coronavirus within a matter of days.

Those comments come as six new cases appear in Beadle County, bringing their total COVID-19 cases up to 10.

The state is confirming seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases statewide up to 21.

State officials are investigating whether community spread of COVID-19 is taking place in Beadle County. Authorities are announcing three new cases there, bringing the county’s total up to four.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota to 14.

Officials say the infectious disease team will investigate those new cases.

Kim Malsam-Rysdon is the Secretary for the Department of Health. She describes how the team conducts investigations after a positive test result.


South Dakota’s public health lab has confirmed five cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Governor Noem is partially activating the state’s emergency operations center. She says the state and its healthcare professionals are prepared to respond.

The confirmed cases are in Beadle, Charles-Mix, Davison and Minnehaha counties. The fifth case in Pennington county is related to a man in his 60’s with underlying health issues who died on Tuesday.

Governor Noem says COVID-19 is not confirmed to be the cause of death.