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South Dakota reports 28 more deaths, 575 new COVID cases

December 18, 2020 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported 28 more deaths from COVID-19 on Friday and an additional 575 new infections.

Friday’s numbers bring the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 1,329, and there have been a total of 93,772 cases since the pandemic began.

The numbers show a recent downward trend after surging increases this fall. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in South Dakota decreased over the past two weeks, going from 1,029.43 new cases per day on Dec. 3 to 638.57 new cases per day on Dec. 17.

The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in South Dakota also decreased over the past two weeks, going from 26.29 deaths per day on Dec. 3 to 17.71 deaths per day on Dec. 17.

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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped to 387 on Friday, a decrease of 19 from a day earlier. The Argus Leader reported that this marks the lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since Oct. 24. Of those in the hospital Friday, 73 were in intensive care and 41 were on ventilators.

A total of 8,773 people have active infections in South Dakota.

As of Friday’s report, nearly 3,500 people had been vaccinated in South Dakota.