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South Dakota sees a record 400+ new COVID-19 cases

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Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 7:47 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - For the first time during the pandemic, South Dakota tops 400 new coronavirus cases Saturday.

425 new cases with many of those coming from this area. Pennington County now reports 1,337 positive cases, 33 deaths and 922 recoveries.

Sharp increases continue in the northern hills and foothills: Lawrence County now reports 210 cases with 3 deaths and 83 recoveries.

Meade County reports 279 cases, 1 death and 129 recoveries.

Custer County continues to see steady increases - according to the Saturday report from the South Dakota Department of Health, there are now 114 cases and 56 recoveries in the southern hills county. The positive testing rate for the state since the beginning of the pandemic has risen to 9%, with the past couple of days seeing more than 12% positive test rates.

Saturday’s additions put the state at 12,942 overall. The number of active cases climbs to 2,428. There have been 189,359 tests done. 79 patients were in the hospital Friday, down 1 from Friday. One more death brings the total to 167.

Wyoming continues to see a steady increase in coronavirus cases. In our viewing area, Campbell County reports 188 cases - that’s lab confirmed and presumptive combined. Sheridan County reports 147, Weston County 18 and Crook County 14.

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