SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of South Dakotans in the hospital due to COVID-19 has dropped to near a two-month low, while testing logged only 35 new cases statewide, according to the state Department of Health on Monday, June 29.

Only 70 state residents are in the hospital due to the virus, the lowest number since May 1, according to a Forum News Service analysis of daily data reported by the health department and well below the high of 106 hospitalized May 26. All told, 657 South Dakotans have been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Sixty six state residents have newly recovered from the virus, according to state officials, raising the recovery rate of all known COVID-19 cases in the state to 87%, or 5,818 people out of the 6,717 cases.

There are 807 South Dakotans who are known to have an active infection of COVID-19, down 21 from Sunday, although the real number is likely much higher because studies have shown many people can be infected with the virus without showing any symptoms.

With hospitalizations low, hospitals are far from overwhelmed by the virus, according to information tracked by state health officials. COVID-19 patients are using 6% of intensive care unit beds, 3% of all hospital beds and 5% of ventilators, which are crucial equipment in aiding patients who have the respiratory illness.

State officials reported no new fatalities attributed to COVID-19 with no deaths listed since Friday. So far, 91 South Dakotans have died from the virus, with eight of those fatalities reported in the the past week.

State, hospital and out-of-state labs processed an additional 654 COVID-19 tests, for a total of 79,457. About 6% of the new tests came back positive, below the state's moving average of 8%.

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