For 2nd day in a row, new S.D. COVID-19 cases below 450

PIERRE, S.D. — For the second day in a row, South Dakota has seen fewer that 450 new COVID-19 cases.

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The state Department of Health reported 448 new cases on Friday; 323 confirmed and 125 probable. Confirmed cases are the results from RT-PCR RNA tests. Probable cases are the results from antigen tests.

The disease claimed 12 more lives. Five of those were West River, including two in Pennington County and one each in Oglala Lakota, Lawrence, and Jackson counties.

The number of reported active cases dropped by 12%, from 6,075 yesterday to 5,241 today.

Nearly 96,000 South Dakotans have recovered from the disease.

The Department of Health reported  247 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state on Friday. That’s the first time since October 5th of last year — more than three months ago — that fewer than 250 people were hospitalized with the disease.

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