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South Dakota coronavirus cases continue to climb as the state department of health announced 617 new cases Sunday.
There were no additional deaths reported. The death toll remains as 286, with 63 reported in October — 38 of which were reported in the last week.
As of Sunday, there are 5,865 active cases. There were 285 recoveries since Saturday.
Minnehaha County reported 139 cases Sunday, followed by Pennington (58), Lincoln (44), Brookings (35), Davison (31), Beadle (22),and Brown (21).
The new reported infections reflect a 12.8% positive test rate, up from the average 11.5% over the last seven days. The 14-day trend of positive cases continues to increase.
Hospitalizations increased by 37, and there are 266 people currently hospitalized. There have been 1,866 people hospitalized in total, with 22,413 recoveries. The state has had 28,564 total cases since the start of the pandemic. Of the 286 fatalities, 147 have been among people over the age of 80, 53 have been in those 70-79 and 45 have been in the 60-69 age group.
COVID-19 patients currently occupy 10% of the state’s hospital beds, with an overall total availability rate of 40%. Among staffed ICU beds, 21% are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients; overall 24% of the state’s ICU beds remain available.
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