South Dakota tops 1,000 virus cases for 2nd time in 3 days

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota increased by more than 1,000 for the second time in three days, state health officials reported Sunday.

The state Department of Health reported 1,063 new cases in the last day, two days after the state recorded a daily high of 1,185 cases. A total of 3,187 positive tests were confirmed in the last three days and 37,979 cumulative infections have been diagnosed since the pandemic began.

There have been 10,411 positive tests in Minnehaha County, which includes Sioux Falls.

Figures compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins University researchers shows there were more than 1,155 new cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota over the past two weeks. That ranks second in the country behind North Dakota for new cases per capita.

There are 366 patients being treated in medical facilities across the state for complications due to COVID-19, state data shows.

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.