PIERRE, S.D. — Fourteen more deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in South Dakota. The state's death toll increased to 272 on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Two of the deaths were residents in their 60s and 12 were 80 or older.

The state also reported 536 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 26,441, with 480 of those cases defined as "probable." Active cases are at 4,673 and current hospitalizations are at 284.

The state began including “probable cases” to their data, which includes someone who has had a positive test for the antigen that causes COVID-19. As of Thursday, seven new probable cases were reported to the state.

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