For some people, it's not surprising to see COVID-19 cases on the rise for universities across the country.  Although there are 160 active COVID-19 cases among South Dakota universities, this number doesn't include the students who are already in isolation or quarantine at home or on campus.  It's kind of startling.

According to a recent article from the Argus Leader,  the number of students that are already in isolation or quarantine on or off campuses already passed 600.  The largest group of these students are from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

These numbers are based on online trackers and dashboards provided by the states' universities.  The Argus Leader reports that these trackers are "part of the South Dakota Board of Regents' efforts to inform the general public about the scope of the issue at each of its six higher education institutions."

South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director, Brian Maher tells the Argus Leader that these trackers will give the public a "real-time" feel of active COVID-19 cases across the state's universities.  Out of the six higher education institutions, South Dakota State University is the only one that does not have an online tracker available on its website. SDSU officials say to refer to the state health department's updates for its latest COVID-19 numbers.

You can stay up to date on the latest information on COVID-19 cases for South Dakota's universities by visiting the following sites:

Black Hills State University

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Northern State University

South Dakota State University

Dakota State University

University of South Dakota

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