Another New Record For Active COVID-19 Cases In SDPosted by John AxtellDate: September 29, 2020 7:35 amLeave a comment257 ViewsAfter reporting 579 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 412 on Sunday, the South Dakota Dept of Health added just 198 on Monday, pushing the total to 21,738. Oglala Lakota County had 6 new cases and Fall River County one. There were 159 additional recoveries and no deaths, so the number of active cases went up again to a new record of 3,828 including 209 who are hospitalized. There have been 17,692 recoveries so far along with 218 deaths. There have been 1,371 reported COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools statewide, split among 968 students and 406 staff, with 971 fully recovered. South Dakota colleges and universities have reported 1,329 cases – 1,263 students and 66 staff – with 1,179 cases fully recovered. The state’s top health official says hospitals still have plenty of capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, even as the state has become one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots. Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says 33 hospitals in the state are caring for coronavirus patients and that over 1,000 hospital beds remain available. According to the COVID Tracking Project, South Dakota’s 7-day positivity average for coronavirus testing is over 25%.