SD Tops 10,000 In Active COVID-19 Cases

 South Dakota surged past 10,000 active cases of coronavirus on Saturday as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reached an all-time high.

The state health department reported 852 new cases along with 10 deaths and 1,534 recoveries, pushing the active cases to 10,218.

Hospitalizations rose to 356 while the 10 deaths brought that total to 366. October has been South Dakota’s deadliest COVID-19 month with 143 deaths. The previous monthly high was last month with 56.

South Dakota has reported the country’s second-highest number of new cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

There were 1,132 new cases per 100,000 people, meaning that roughly one out of every 88 people in the state has tested positive in the last two weeks.

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