Two new deaths, 106 new positive COVID-19 tests in S.D.

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting two new deaths and 106 new positive coronavirus cases Friday. Active cases continue to drop, with recoveries outpacing new cases.

The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 4,356 as of midday Friday, up 106 from Thursday’s data, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Brookings County cases remain at 14 positive tests, and all 14 of those people have recovered. There have been 543 negative tests in Brookings County as of Friday, the state reported.

Of the 4,356 statewide cases, 1,039 are classified as active (down by 18 from Thursday). So far, 3,267 people have recovered (122 new), 351 people have been hospitalized at some point (nine new), 83 people are currently hospitalized (down by eight), and 50 people have died.

The two new deaths are women in Minnehaha County, both in the 80-plus years old age range.

There have been 27,988 total negative tests (937 new) in South Dakota. Of those, laboratories have reported 818 negative tests to the SDDOH that are not assigned to specific counties.

The county with the most positive tests in South Dakota is Minnehaha, with 3,211 as of midday Friday, up by 16 since Thursday. Increases in positive cases Friday also include, but are not limited to, 19 in Beadle County, 14 in Brown, five in Codington, four in Jerauld, seven in Lincoln, 27 in Pennington and four in Union.

The actual number of infections in the state is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

The figures released by the state Department of Health do not include individuals who are asymptomatic or have symptoms of the coronavirus but are not being tested.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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