South Dakota hits grim milestone of 200 COVID-19 deaths

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Health officials confirmed two additional COVID-19 deaths in South Dakota Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 200 since the pandemic began.

Health officials on Saturday reported 369 new cases of the cornonavirus.

The state now has had 18,444 cases of COVID-19. There were 2,946 cases still active Saturday.

Health officials report 15,298 recoveries from the disease, and a total of 153 people who are currently hospitalized.

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.