SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota neared the record for new coronavirus cases reported in a single day on Friday, as 1,611 people tested positive.
That was the second-largest number of infections reported in a single day since the pandemic began. The largest report came on Thursday when over 2,000 people tested positive.
The state has reported the nation’s second-worst number of new cases per capita over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. There were 2,008 new cases per 100,000 people, meaning that roughly one out of every 50 people has tested positive in the last two weeks.
The state also saw its hospitalizations inch up to 556 people. The state had reported over 600 COVID-19 patients in the hospital on Tuesday, an all-time record.
Health officials also reported that their count of active infections statewide decreased for the first time this week. There are 18,627 people with active infections, according to the Department of Health.
Health officials also reported one death — a man over the age of 79. The state has seen 568 deaths from the virus, but 25% of those have come in the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Krisit Noem’s office told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader on Friday that she will not enforce any federal lockdown orders from President-elect Joe Biden’s adminstration. She said Thursday that she doesn’t believe lockdowns slow the virus but they do hurt the economy.
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