Another 617 New Cases Of COVID-19 In SD On Sunday Posted by John Axtell Date: October 12, 2020 362 Views South Dakota health officials reported 617 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, increasing the number of active cases by 332 to 5,865 with 266 hospitalized. The state has had 28,564 cases since the start of the pandemic. South Dakota’s hospital situation remains in good shape with overall total availability of 42% and just 11% of the beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Of greater concern is the high positivity rate of coronavirus tests, 38% for those tested on Saturday. South Dakota also still ranks 2nd in the nation in new cases per capita. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the state is averaging about 772 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 2 weeks, trailing only North Dakota’s 882.