SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Six more South Dakotans have died due to COVID-19, the biggest single-day jump in the state's death toll, which now stands at 107, according to data released by the state Department of Health on Friday, July 10.

A Forum News Service analysis of the department's daily posted COVID-19 information found the following about the newly deceased:

  • Age: Two in their 30s, one in their 60s, three 80 or older;
  • Gender: Four women, two men;
  • Location: Three in Pennington County, two in Hughes County, one in Minnehaha County.

No more specific information was available. State health officials have consistently refused to divulge even basic details about individual fatalities, citing privacy concerns, choosing to instead post aggregated daily data.

The deaths of two 30-somethings is particularly notable since the virus appears to hit older South Dakotans harder than the young. Only three other South Dakotans in their 30s have previously died due to the virus. Nearly half of COVID-19 fatalities in the state are among those age 80 or higher, with the vast majority of deaths in those age 50 and above.

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The Department of Health reported another 65 COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the total discovered in the state to 7,401. Of those, 886 are still considered active cases, down 18 from the previous day. More than four out of five South Dakotans who have caught COVID-19, or 6,408 people, have recovered from the illness.

There are 65 South Dakotans in the hospital due to the virus, up four people from Thursday, raising the ranks of those ever hospitalized to 726.

State, hospital, federal and out-of-state private labs processed 1,232 new COVID-19 tests, raising the testing total to 88,542. The positive daily test rate was 5.3%, below the moving state average of 8.4%.

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