South Dakota saw its highest single-day increase of coronavirus cases on Saturday since the start of the pandemic, setting a record with 251 new cases reported.
With Saturday’s spike in case numbers, it brought the total number of active cases to 1,540, setting another record for the state. The 1,540 active cases is now the most the state has experienced since the pandemic first hit South Dakota in early March. The previous record for single-day increases happened on May 9 when the state saw 249 cases.
The state also administered 1,855 tests for Saturday’s COVID-19 case load, which meant 13.5% positive of those tests were positive. Testing has been ramping up in the state as of recent following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is believed to have contributed to roughly 25 infections, state Department of Health officials say.
Only one new death was reported on Saturday, bringing the number of total fatalities to 160. Compared to the rest of the country, South Dakota’s mortality rate has been low. Hospitalizations also increased on Saturday, jumping from 50 to 66.
While Yankton and Pennington counties have seen some of the largest increases in the past week, Davison County has held steady with 106 total cases. Of those cases, 96 have recovered, bringing Davison County’s active cases to just eight as of Saturday. A total of 9,435 South Dakotans have recovered from the virus. The total number of deaths in Davison County sits at two.
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