No new COVID related deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of on Tuesday, even though active cases have risen in the state.

Health Officials reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total known cases in South Dakota to 67,284. Of those cases, 48,016 have recovered.

Active cases are up 485 on Tuesday, increasing to 18,624.

The virus has been linked to 644 total deaths in South Dakota. This comes after a weekend in which reported officials reported 76 more deaths, including a record-high 53 on Saturday. In the past 17 days, there have been 219 total COVID-19-related fatalities in the state.

The number of people currently hospitalized by the coronavirus rose by 22 to 582. According to the Department of Health, COVID-19 patients occupy 21.1% of the state’s hospital beds and 31.3% of the state’s ICU beds. Officials say 35.5% of hospital beds and 36.2% of ICU beds are still available.

Codington County added 43 new cases on Tuesday bringing the county total to 2,193.  The Department of Health reported 543 active cases, and 1,716 recovered cases in the county.  There have been 130 patients hospitalized with the virus and 30 deaths since the pandemic began. 

As of Tuesday, the Department of Health reported 27 patients hospitalized at Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown.

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