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133 lives lost to COVID-19 in South Dakota in 23 days

The state’s death toll increased by nine to 356, with 133 of those deaths occurring since Oct. 1.

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Ashland County has had 32 new diagnoses of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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PIERRE, S.D. — October continues to be South Dakota's deadliest month on record since the pandemic began last March, with nine new COVID-19 deaths reported on Friday, Oct. 23.

Five people in their 70s, seven people in the 80-and-older age range and another person in their 50s succumbed to the virus, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

That brings the state’s death toll to 356 — with 133 of those deaths occurring since Oct. 1.

On average, about six people per day have died in South Dakota in October due to COVID-19.

The state reported 1,185 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, breaking the single-day record set the previous day.


There are 9,862 people in South Dakota who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are contagious, meaning they have the ability to infect others — another all-time high.

Hospitalizations decreased slightly, 349 being currently hospitalized as of Friday, down slightly from the previous day. That, too, is another all-time record.

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