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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall in South Dakota

February 21, 2021 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Sunday that the number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus continue to fall, although a virus research group ranks the state among the top 10 for the number of deaths relative to population.

The state reported 140 new cases and four new deaths in the last day, raising the totals to 111,309 positive virus tests and 1,863 fatalities since the start of the pandemic. The COVID Tracking Project ranks South Dakota seventh in the country in the number of deaths per capita.

The update showed that the number of hospitalizations fell from 95 to 90. Of those patients, 17 were being treated in intensive care units and nine required ventilators.

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There were about 230.new cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 38th in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 919 people in South Dakota tested positive in the past week.

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.