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COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations up in South Dakota

579 new cases of disease reported

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This image shows a microscopic view of the COVID-19 virus. Submitted

Deaths and hospitalizations in South Dakota from COVID-19 rose again Saturday, Sept. 26, according to the latest statistics released from the South Dakota Department of Health.

Total deaths from the disease climbed to 218, which is up two from Friday. The state recorded 579 new cases of the COVID-19, the largest single-day increase in cases yet. Current hospitalizations rose to 213, up from 194 the previous day and a new record since the start of the pandemic. The number of total active cases rose for the fifth straight day to 3,742, up from 3,507 Friday and another high mark since tracking began in March.

The department of health also indicated that 17,173 total individuals in the state had recovered from the virus, with 342 new recoveries reported Saturday.

A total of 260,219 total tests have been administered with 186,134 total persons tested, according to the department.

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Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at ekaufman@mitchellrepublic.com.
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