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State reports 36 more COVID-19 deaths, including five in Lawrence County, three in Butte County
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State reports 36 more COVID-19 deaths, including five in Lawrence County, three in Butte County

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With 36 more deaths reported by the Department of Health Friday, only 12 states and the District of Columbia now have more deaths per thousand residents than South Dakota. The deaths reported Friday bring November's total to 316. There have been 741 since the pandemic began.

Black Hills counties were hit hard Friday as Lawrence County reported five deaths and Butte County had three. Moody County reported four deaths and Bon Homme, Codington and Spink counties each had three. Davison and Minnehaha counties each reported two deaths and one each was reported in Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Buffalo, Hughes, Jackson, Kingsbury, McCook, Miner, Roberts and Union counties. The deaths included 21 women and 15 men. Twenty-three of those who died were over 80, eight were in their 70s, four were in their 60s and one in their 50s.

There are 574 people hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses across South Dakota on Friday. Intensive care units are treating 107 patients and 56 are on ventilators. The Black Hills region has 103 patients with 11 in ICU and seven on ventilators. Half of all ICU rooms in the state are occupied by patients battling COVID-19.

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There were 1,328 new infections reported Friday, bringing the state's total to 71,070 with 18,407 active — an increase of 523 since Thursday. Of those 1,328, 156 were people over 70. People in their 20s made up 225 positive tests and 221 were children under 19.

Pennington County active cases increased above 2,000 again with 2,028 active cases after 139 positive tests were reported Friday. Pennington County has had 7,608 total cases. 

Meade County added 25 positive tests, Lawrence County had 22 and Oglala-Lakota County had 21. There were 12 new infections in Custer County and four each in Butte and Fall River counties.

Minnehaha County reported 234 positive tests and Davison County had 80. There were 67 in Brown County, 63 in Hughes County and 56 in Codington County. Brookings County added 41 new infections, Yankton County had 35, and Clay County reported 31. Beadle and Todd counties reported 27 positive tests each and there were 25 in Bon Homme County. Brule County had 21 and there were 20 each in Hamlin and Roberts counties. Hutchinson and Union counties added 18 new cases each and Grant and Spink each had 17. Lyman, Tripp and Walworth counties each had 15 positive tests Friday and Charles Mix County had 13. Stanley County had 12 new cases and there were 10 in Clark County.

Gregory, Lake, Marshall and Potter counties added nine new infections each and there were eight each in Edmunds, McCook, Moody and Sanborn counties. Day County had seven new cases and there were six each in Dewey, Hanson and Turner counties. Buffalo, Corson, Deuel, Hand and McPherson counties reported five positive tests each and there were four each in Aurora, Bennett and Sully counties. Kingsbury and Mellette counties each had three new cases and there were two each in Douglas, Jones, Perkins and Ziebach counties. One new case each was reported in Campbell, Faulk, Hyde and Miner counties.

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