PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health on Saturday, July 11, announced 53 reported positive cases of COVID-19. The death toll rose to 109 after two individuals fell victim to an illness that has claimed more than 134,000 lives nationwide.

A day following the biggest jump in death toll in the state, where six individuals were reported deceased, another two individuals were added to the list, according to the department. State officials have not released any basic details or information regarding the fatalities, citing privacy concerns.

Another 1,064 tests were conducted Friday, yielding a 4.98% positivity rate, the third straight day the positivity rate has declined. The moving state average is at 8.32%. In all, 89,606 individuals have been tested for the virus in the state. Of those, 92% of them, or 82,152, have tested negative.

Of the tests conducted, 7,454 have been known to contract the virus in the state, while active numbers have declined for the second straight day, and fourth in the last five days. After a second small peak of 945 active cases on July 6, the numbers are down to 875, including a decrease of 11 from Friday.

Roughly half of all cases reside in Minnehaha County at 3,751, which includes Sioux Falls, the state's most populous area. Pennington County, home to Rapid City, has the second most cases at 630.

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The demographics of cases continue to be dominated by younger individuals. Of the 7,454 cases, 3,110 have been people aged 20-39, resulting in only six deaths. In contrast, the 236 cases of those 80 years or older has brought about 48 deaths.

Another 62 have recovered from the virus, as more than 6,400 people have recovered from the illness; 65 are still hospitalized, the same number from Friday. In all, 738 have been hospitalized because of the virus.

According to the CDC, there are 3,101,931 cases of COVID-19 nationwide.

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