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South Dakota records 44 new COVID-19 cases; Active cases decline Thursday

COVID-19 in South Dakota (MGN)
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Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:11 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - State health officials confirmed 44 new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota Thursday, though active cases fell statewide.

The new cases bring total known cases in the state to 8,685. Active cases fell by 37 to 866.

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday in South Dakota. The state’s total remains at 129.

Current hospitalizations dropped by two to 44. Only two percent of the state’s COVID-19 hospital beds are occupied.

The state processed 631 tests Thursday, just under seven percent of which came back positive. The positivity rate in the state has been hovering between five and eight percent the past several weeks.

In a press briefing Thursday, Sec. of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said an outbreak at Camp Judson in the Black Hills is now connected to 61 cases. Seventy-five percent of those infected are teenagers, and none have required hospitalization. In total, 328 campers and staff were at the camp.

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