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Weekly COVID-19 report shows increase in cases for second straight week

PIERRE, S.D. – After several down weeks, COVID-19 cases in South Dakota are again on the upswing.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported in their weekly update Wednesday 453 new cases were detected. That is up from last week’s 373.

Active cases have once again surpassed 1,000 statewide, rising by more than 280 to 1,054.

Hospitalizations increased by eight to 33 and two new deaths were reported. The two new deaths send the statewide death toll since the pandemic began to 2,917.

Across the Black Hills area, Pennington County listed 63 new cases. There are 162 active cases in Pennington, where community spread was upgraded to the high category.

Lawrence County and Oglala Lakota County each reported 16 new cases – the second highest amount of new cases this past week.

Meade County added 15 new cases and active cases here are at 31.

Elsewhere, Butte County reported 3 new cases and there was one new case reported in both Custer and Fall River counties.

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