Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota drop by more than 100

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Sunday that active cases of the coronavirus dropped by 102 in the last day, decreasing the total number to 2,843.

The report comes one day after the state reached 200 deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Officials confirmed two more deaths Sunday, both elderly men from Minnehaha County.

The state listed 252 new virus cases in its Sunday update, lifting the total number of positive cases to 18,696 since the pandemic began. There were 1,132 tests processed in the last day.

Minnehaha County, the state's most populous county, is now up to 6,262 cases, followed by Pennington County with 1,984, Lincoln County with 1,204 and Brown County with 1,027.

Hospitalizations went up by 17 in the last day, to 170.

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.