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South Dakota COVID-19 deaths rise to 621

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

Deaths from COVID-19 in South Dakota continued to rise Saturday, according to reports from the South Dakota Department of Health.

According to statistics from the department, 53 new deaths were reported on Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease to 621 for the year.

The department also reported 1,855 new cases of the disease, which brings the current total to 18,747 active cases of COVID-19, which is up from 18,627 cases the day before. The number of currently hospitalized patients fell to 549 from 556 the previous day, while the number of patients ever hospitalized for the disease rose to 3,598, up from 3,540 the previous day.

Total confirmed cases for the disease now sits at 60,600, up from 58,920 the previous day. Of those cases, 44,814 have recovered from the disease.

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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