Pierre, SD (Kilo) – South Dakota State recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, with 53 new deaths in an update Saturday State Department of Health.
The death toll rose to 621. Since November 1, 196 deaths have been reported. New deaths on Saturday were 29 women and 24 men listed in the 30-39 age range, two in the 50-59 age range, three in the 60-69 age range, 13 in the 70-79 age range and 34 in the 80+ age range. New deaths in the following counties Given: Beadle (2), Bon Home (2), Brookings, Brown, Brown (2), Codington (4), Carson, Davison, Falk, Grant, Gregory (2), Jackson, Lincoln (3), McCook (6) ), Meade, Minnehaha (10), Moody (2), Oglala Lakota, Pennington (4), Roberts (3), Turner (2), Union and Zebach.
On Saturday, the total number of new coronavirus cases (1,680 PCR and 175 antigen) rose to 64,182 from Friday’s (62,327). The total number of cases recovered is now at 44,814 as of Friday (43,132).
The state also reported a record of new active cases. Active cases are now at 18,747, as of Friday (18,627).
Current hospitals are at 549 from Friday (556). Total hospitals are now at 3,598, up from Friday (3,540).
The total number of people tested negative was 227,641 as of Friday (226,334).
3,162 new tests were performed. On Saturday, the new person test positiveness-rate was 59 percent. The latest 7-day all-test positivity rate reported by the DOH was 21.6 percent. The DOH calculates based on the results of the PCR test results but does not release the total numbers of how many PCR tests are performed per day.
Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 61 are considered “substantial” community spread, while five counties are listed as “moderate” community spread.