South Dakota’s coronavirus death count soars to 777

November 21, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota added 36 virus deaths on Saturday, marking one of the highest daily tallies of deaths since the pandemic began.

The state has recorded 777 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began. The state currently has the country’s 15th highest number of deaths per capita, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

Health officials also reported 1,011 new infections of the virus. One in every 101 people in South Dakota have tested positive for the virus in the past week.

The state has the nation’s second-highest rate of new cases per capita over the last two weeks, with 2,089 new cases per 100,000 people, according to researchers.


The health department said 580 people were hospitalized on Saturday.

Health officials said the state’s active case count was 16,867 on Saturday, and that more than 54,700 people have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.