New COVID-19 Cases Lowest In SD In 2 Months

       South Dakota reported its lowest number of  new coronavirus cases in two months on Monday with just 246 confirmed cases, but the number may be skewed because testing also slowed with the Christmas holiday. 

     The SD Dept of Health reported the results of only 1,162 tests, a better than 70% drop from the average 4,309 daily tests the week before Christmas. 

       South Dakota has seen a significant drop in coronavirus cases after infections peaked last month.

Monday’s report listed 6,523 active cases, continuing a trend from last week that dropped the total below 7,000 for the first time since October.

      Hospitalizations increased slightly to 288 with coronavirus patients occupying 10.5% of staffed hospital beds and 25.3% of ICU beds.Statewide, 46.2% of beds and 45.1% of ICU beds remain available.

      South Dakota has had 89,688 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the statewide death toll of 1,446.