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SD coronavirus hospitalizations jump above 500, active cases over 15,000

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A view of coronavirus using an electron microscope. Submitted / Elizabeth Fischer

PIERRE — South Dakota's coronavirus case data reached two major milestones on Saturday, Nov. 7, with the state now reporting more than 15,000 active cases and 500-plus people currently hospitalized with the virus.

The state reported 515 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, as South Dakota's surge of cases continues to intensify, according to South Dakota Department of Health data. It is an increase of 22 hospitalizations compared to Friday and 149 hospitalizations over the last two weeks.

Of the 515 hospitalized individuals with COVID-19, 101 are using intensive care unit beds and 65 of them are using ventilation. The Department of Health's data, which was recorded as of midday Friday, indicated the state had 71% of its ventilator capacity and 30% of its ICU bed capacity remaining.

The active COVID-19 case count is 15,050 cases, marking an increase in active cases in the state of more than 4,300 in the last two weeks. South Dakota continues to rank at the top among states across the United States in cases per 100,000 residents.

In Saturday's figures, 1,337 cases were added, the ninth time in the last 11 days that South Dakota has added at least 1,000 cases in a single day. South Dakota has averaged 1,141 new cases over the last seven days.


The state's death toll is now at 523 residents, up 13 from Friday and 41 over the last two days of reporting. In the last seven days, 86 South Dakotans have died as a result of the virus and 287 individuals have died in the state since Oct. 1.

South Dakota's case count is 53,976 individuals, while 38,403 people have been deemed recovered.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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