Oct 12, 2020 3:18 PM

South Dakota sees 38% positivity rate in daily virus tests

Posted Oct 12, 2020 3:18 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials are reporting a nearly 38% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests in the last day, with 617 new cases.

The update lifted the number of positive tests to 28,564. Of those, 5,865 are considered active cases, an increase of 332 from Saturday’s report. No new deaths were reported Sunday.

Hospitalizations dropped by one, to 266. COVID-19 patients occupy 11% of the state’s hospital beds, with an overall total availability rate of 42%.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University report there were about 772 new cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks second in the country for new cases per capita.

North Dakota ranks first at about 822 new cases per 100,000 people.