SD COVID-19 Death Toll Hits 50

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota reported two more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, putting the state’s death toll at 50.

There were also106 newly confirmed cases for a total of 4,356 with 83 people currently hospitalized.

The new figures came just ahead of Saturday’s reopening of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and three weeks earlier than expected.

The National Park Service says the accelerated reopening comes after “careful consideration and consultation with local and state health authorities.”

The grounds will be open from 5 a.m. to 11 pm with the parking garage open and parking free until further notice.

The Nature Trail and the Presidential Trail will be open to the base of the mountain, and the Sculptor’s Studio will be open, but the information center and gift shop remain closed and all educational and interpretive programs are still suspended.

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