SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Active cases of the coronavirus in South Dakota shot past 14,000 on Saturday as the state marked its fourth day with over 1,000 new cases.
The new figure of 14,373 active infections means that roughly one out of every 61 people in the state is infected with the coronavirus. South Dakota has posted the nation’s second-worst rate of virus spread per capita in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.
The new high points in cases come as the state caps its deadliest month of the virus yet. Ten more people died from COVID-19, bringing the number of deaths reported this month to 202. The state has recorded a total of 425 deaths over the course of the pandemic.
The number of people hospitalized by the virus also set an all-time high with 415 people needing hospital care. The Department of Health reported that about 31% of hospital beds and 36% of ICU beds are available statewide.
This story had been corrected to reflect that there were 14,373 active infections.
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