SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Monday reported 11 hospitalizations in the last day due to the coronavirus, boosting the total number of patients in medical facilities to a record 377.
The update showed 538 new cases of COVID-19, following two straight days in which the state topped 1,000 positive tests. A total of 38,504 people have been diagnosed with the virus since the start of the pandemic.
The number of fatalities remained at 375 with no new deaths reported Monday.
State Department of Health figures show that more than 35% of inpatient hospital beds are available statewide, as well as nearly 32% of intensive care unit beds.
Statistics compiled Sunday by Johns Hopkins University researchers show that South Dakota ranks second in the country behind North Dakota in the number of new cases per capita in the last two weeks.
South Dakota's most populous county, Minnehaha, has recorded 10, 492 virus cases, followed by Pennington with 4,183. Six other counties have topped 1,000 positive tests.
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.