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South Dakota COVID-19 hospitalizations spike to record high

Steady climb continues for state's active cases

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

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's count of active COVID-19 cases continued its climb on Sunday, Oct. 4, now up to 4,268 current cases, according to state Department of Health data.

The rising number of current cases coincides with the state's record hospitalization numbers, including 432 new cases listed on Sunday. Seventeen more individuals were listed hospitalized on Sunday, bringing the current hospitalization total to 232 and the cumulative hospitalizations to 1,632.

No additional deaths were reported on Sunday, keeping the state's death toll related to the disease at 248.

The active case count has been on a steady climb in South Dakota since mid-September, reaching its September low mark at 2,386 cases on Sept. 15. In the 20 days since then, the state has seen the active number of current COVID-19 cases rise on 16 occasions.

Since March 10 when the virus was first confirmed in South Dakota, 24,418 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, with 19,902 deemed recovered, including 276 recoveries listed on Sunday.


South Dakotans ages 20 to 29 continue to make up the largest age group to contact COVID-19, with 5,568 confirmed cases, or nearly 23% of the state's total cases. That age group has had two deaths as the result of COVID-19. Another 4,194 cases have occurred in the 30 to 39 age group, in which seven deaths have occurred. The majority of the COVID-19 deaths among South Dakotans have occurred with residents age 70 and older, accounting for 169 of the state's 248 fatalities.

Nearly 200,000 tests have been conducted for COVID-19 in South Dakota, with 199,775 tests recorded.

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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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