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South Dakota reports dips in new, active COVID-19 cases

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MITCHELL, S.D. — New COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health Tuesday, Dec. 1, were the lowest since Oct. 13.

The state’s 448 cases were the first time South Dakota has recorded less than 500 new single-day cases in nearly 50 days. Meanwhile, the number of active cases dropped by 3,096 to 14,088 statewide, with two more deaths bringing the total to 948.

Hospitalizations remained steady, but rose slightly for the fourth consecutive day, with 547 people currently hospitalized. Daily positive rates also dropped below 30 percent for the first time since Oct. 16, although the state reported fewer than 2,000 daily tests for the third time in four days.

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Nick Sabato is a news and sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. He covers the Mitchell High School boys basketball, football and wrestling teams, along with area high school sports and local news.
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