PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Saturday reported 53 new COVID-19 deaths, making it the highest single-day total during the pandemic.
South Dakota has recorded 621 deaths since the pandemic began.
Health officials also reported a near record for new coronavirus cases reported in a single day on Saturday, with 1,855 new infections. The largest report came on Thursday when more than 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, behind only North Dakota, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. There were 2,014 new cases per 100,000 people.
One in 91 people in South Dakota have tested positive for the virus in the past week, the researchers said.
The health department said 549 people were hospitalized on Saturday, down from more than 600 COVID-19 patients in the hospital on Tuesday, an all-time record.
For most people, the new 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 and death.
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