South Dakota reports 12 more COVID-19 deaths, 247 new cases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported 12 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,696 since the pandemic began.

The state also reported 247 new cases on Saturday to bring the total number of cases to 106,963. More than 4,000 people are considered to have active infections.

Health officials say 172 people are currently hospitalized — five less than the day before.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, South Dakota ranks 43rd nationwide in the number of new cases per capita over the past two weeks.

The state's death count is the 40th highest in the country overall and the sixth highest per capita, measuring at 192.2 deaths per 100,000 people, Johns Hopkins data shows.