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South Dakota reports 1 new death as active COVID-19 cases continue rise

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3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. National Institutes of Health
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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported one new death from COVID-19 as active cases of the virus continue to rise in the state.

The deceased was a woman in her 70s, a Forum News Service analysis of the data found. The state has recorded a total of 123 deaths from the virus.

The state reported 90 new infections, 35 of which originated from Sioux Falls' Minnehaha County, the state's most populous area. Four new cases were reported in Rapid City's Pennington County, while two were reported in Huron's Beadle County.

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The state reported a positivity rate of 8% from 106,926 tests since the pandemic began.

Active cases rose to 908, the highest number recorded since mid-June. Active cases have climbed 12% since the beginning of July. While active cases continue to rise, they have yet to eclipse the pandemic-high of 1,393, set May 11.

Three more virus patients were hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 801, with 48 currently hospitalized. According to the department, 2% of state hospital beds are devoted to COVID-19 patients, while virus patients are using 4% of intensive care unit beds and 5% of the state's supply of ventilators.

South Dakotans over the age of 80 have been the hardest hit by the pandemic. Though the group has reported the fewest number of cases with 275, the age group accounts for 52 deaths, the most of any age range, and 92 hospitalizations.

Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 4,099,310 cases of the virus and 145,013 deaths.

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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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