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News cases of COVID-19 drop; 21 new deaths reported in South Dakota

Vaccinations continue to increase

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

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dropped Saturday while 21 new deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health.

After reporting 575 new cases Friday, the number of new cases dropped to 564 on Saturday. The number of patients currently hospitalized with the disease also fell to 365 from 387 the previous day. That’s the sixth straight day the number of currently hospitalized cases has fallen.

There are 72 people currently in intensive care units, a drop of one from the previous day, and 13.2% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Statewide, 37.6% of hospital beds are available.

The number of individuals to receive the vaccine has reached 6,198, which is a jump up from 3,479 Friday and 1,301 on Thursday.

The state has now conducted 713,178 tests on 360,182 individuals for COVID-19 and recorded 86,319 confirmed cases. A total of 1,370 South Dakotans have died from the disease since the outbreak began.


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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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