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Nursing homes with three or more positive COVID-19 cases in a week should have mandatory inspections and additional support to ensure corrective actions are taken to prevent further spread, the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report to the state recommends.

The recommendation comes amid rising cases in the state’s nursing homes and among older, more vulnerable South Dakotans. Ten percent of the state’s nursing homes had at least one resident with COVID-19 die in the week of Sept. 28 to Oct 4 while 16% reported at least one new resident infection, according to the report. Nursing homes in Lennox, Mitchell, Wessington Springs, Selby and Gregory had three or more resident cases during the weekly survey.

Meanwhile, nursing homes have also been hampered by staffing problems. Forty-one percent reported at least one new case among one or more staff members.

The weekly reports for