- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota on Saturday reported 13 deaths of people who contracted COVID-19, along with 666 new coronavirus cases from a two-day reporting period.

The state has seen a steady decline in cases, with the average number of daily cases reported declining by 36% over the last two weeks. The average number of deaths reported has also declined, but a fall surge resulted in the state recording the nation’s fifth-highest rate of COVID-19 deaths per capita, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

A total of 1,501 South Dakotans have died after contracting COVID-19.

The Department of Health also reported that 15% of the RT-PCR tests reported were positive. A positivity rate that high may indicate that many more people have infections than testing is indicating.

The number of people hospitalized by the virus declined to 282 people statewide.


This story has been corrected to show that 666 positive tests were reported Saturday, not 615. The Department of Health’s Dashboard previously displayed an incomplete number of tests reported Saturday.

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