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South Dakota continues to see steady drop in COVID-19 cases

December 27, 2020 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 427 new positive COVID-19 tests, lifting the total number of confirmed cases to 88,648.

The state has seen a steady drop in cases since taking over the top spot nationwide earlier this month. There were about 743 new cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 25th in the country for new cases per capita, according to John Hopkins University researchers.

One in every 336 people in South Dakota tested positive in the past week.

The total number of people who have died after contracting COVID-19 remained at 1,446, with no fatalities reported in the Sunday update. The most recent statistics by The COVID Tracking Project list the state at fifth highest per capita with about 164 deaths per 100,000 people.

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The number of hospitalizations dropped by 15 from the last report, to 274.

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.