South Dakota records 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 106 cases Friday


Health officials confirmed South Dakota recorded two additional COVID-19 deaths and 106 new cases Friday, though total active cases continued to decline in the state.

The new deaths bring the state's total to 50. Both new victims were Minnehaha County women over the age of 80.

South Dakota now has 4,356 COVID-19 cases. Active cases dropped by 18 to 1,039 on Friday due to 122 new recoveries.

Current hospitalizations dropped by eight to 83. Officials say four percent of the state's beds for COVID-19 patients are currently occupied, while nine percent of its ICU units are being used.

The state processed 1,043 tests Friday, the highest total this week. Ten percent were positive. Health officials are currently conducting a mass-testing event involving the state's nursing homes, though officials have not said how many of the new tests are connected to that event.

Cases by area

Cases continue to growing in several counties outside the Sioux Falls area.

Beadle County recorded 19 new cases Friday, bringing its total to 98. Neighboring counties are also seeing an increase; Jerauld County saw four new cases Friday, while Sanborn County saw 2 additional cases.

Pennington County saw the biggest increase Friday with 27 new cases.

In northeast South Dakota, Brown County recorded 14 new cases, bringing its total to 235. Codington County saw five new cases, while Roberts County saw two new cases.

In the Sioux Falls area, Minnehaha County recorded 16 new cases while Lincoln County recorded seven new cases. While more cases are being recorded outside the metro area, the city still accounts for over 78 percent of the state's total cases.

More: South Dakota's COVID-19 website