PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health Monday, Oct. 12, announced 359 new coronavirus cases, which brings the state’s total case count to 28,925.

Of those cases, 6,062 are active and 22,575 are recovered. This is the first time active cases in South Dakota have topped 6,000.

South Dakota's COVID-19 death toll increased by two to 288 on Monday. The two new deaths were females, one in their 50s and the other in the 80-or-over age range.

Current hospitalizations increased by 12 from Sunday and now stand at 278.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced the launch of the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which will offer $580 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to small businesses, community-based health care providers, and nonprofits who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Friday, Oct. 9, news release.

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Under the relief program:

  • $400 million will go toward helping eligible South Dakota small businesses who experienced a reduction in business as a result of the pandemic.

  • $10 million in direct grants will be provided to recently started eligible South Dakota businesses whose growth has been impacted as a result of the pandemic.

  • $15 million will be provided to eligible hospitals that are licensed by the state to provide acute inpatient care.

  • $40 million will be provided to eligible South Dakota small nonprofits who have experienced negative impact as a result of the pandemic.

  • $115 million for will be provided to eligible community providers who have experienced a reduction in business as a result of the pandemic.

Eligible businesses and organizations will be able to apply for these various grants from Oct. 13 to 23. A call center has been set up to assist businesses and health providers who are seeking relief funds, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 605-937-7243.

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