South Dakota COVID-19 recoveries outstrip new cases

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of South Dakotans who have recovered from COVID-19 is outstripping the number of newly discovered cases of the virus in recent weeks, indicating a stable, and improving, pandemic situation in the state.

South Dakota added 72 new cases of COVID-19, the state Department of Health reported Sunday, June 21, raising the state’s overall total to 6,297, but continuing a downward trend in new cases.

And while state officials reported on Sunday that only 54 additional South Dakotans have recovered from the virus, more state residents have recovered from their illness over the last 14 days than the number of those newly found to have contracted COVID-19, 1,054 to 859. About 85% of those who known to have caught the virus have recovered.

While the state’s overall COVID-19 picture seems to be improving, the statewide numbers mask small localized surges. Brookings County and the Sioux Falls area of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties are showing a rising trend of cases over the past 14 days. Other counties, including Beadle and Brown counties, are showing a slower rate of new cases in the last two weeks.

There are 827 South Dakotans known to be currently ill with COVID-19, up 18 from Saturday but significantly below the May 11 high of 1,393.

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Eighty nine South Dakotans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, down two from Saturday, raising the total of those hospitalized to 608. COVID-19 patients are using 6% of intensive care unit beds, 4% of all hospital beds and 6% of available ventilators, according to data compiled by the Department of Health.

State, hospital and out-of-state private labs processed 1,111 additional COVID-19 tests, according to the Department of Health, raising the total number of tests to 73,026.

No new additional fatalities were reported Sunday. There are 81 South Dakotans known to have died due to COVID-19.

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