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Active COVID-19 cases drop in South Dakota

Aberdeen's Brown County added 37 new cases, leading the state.

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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported a decrease in the state's active COVID-19 cases Monday morning, Sept. 7.

The drop in active cases came as the state added 191 new cases of the virus.

Aberdeen's Brown County added 37 new cases, leading the state. Brookings County, the home of South Dakota State University, reported 32 new cases. As of Saturday, Aug. 29, the department has reported 552 total cases among students and staff of the state's colleges, universities and technical schools.

Sioux Falls' Minnehaha County recorded 23 new cases while Rapid City's Pennington County reported 18 new cases. Watertown's Codington County and Vermillion's Clay County added 16 and 13 new cases, respectively.

Beadle, Charles Mix, Davison, Hughes, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Oglala Lakota and Yankton counties each reported five or fewer new cases.

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The 191 new infections were reported from 992 tests, marking a 19.25% positivity rate.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state held at 173 for the third consecutive day. The state's mortality rate for those who have been infected with the virus is 1.13%.

Active cases dropped by 31 in Minnehaha County and 29 in Pennington County. Codington County, Lincoln County and Meade County each saw active cases decrease by 13.

Brown County reported the largest increase in active cases of any South Dakota county with 13 new active cases.

Statewide, active cases fell by 126 from Sunday's mark .

The department reported 317 new recoveries, a single-day pandemic-high for the state. South Dakota's COVID-19 recovery rate is 79.97%.

Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 6,226,879 cases of COVID-19 and 188,051 deaths from the virus.

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over two years, primarily reporting on business news. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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