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State reports seven new COVID-19 deaths
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State reports seven new COVID-19 deaths

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Seven COVID-19 deaths reported by the South Dakota Department of Health Friday brought February's total to 101 and the overall total to 1,879. 

The total number of deaths in February will be the lowest since September. 

The deaths reported Friday included two women and five men. Six were over 70 and one was a person in their 50s. Minnehaha County reported two deaths and there was one each in Davison, Dewey, Grant, Gregory and Hughes counties.

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There are 1,944 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 96 people are being treated in hospitals. There are 21 people in ICU and eight on ventilators. Thirteen people are being treated for COVID-19 illnesses in Black Hills hospitals with three in ICU and one on a ventilator.

Pennington County had 11 of the state's 143 new infections Friday. The county has had 12,871 total cases with 242 of those still considered active. Meade County had six new infections and there were two each in Lawrence and Butte counties. Oglala-Lakota and Fall River counties had one positive test each and there were no positive tests in Custer County.

Twenty-seven of the 143 cases were in children under 19 and only eight people over 70 tested positive Friday.

Minnehaha County led the state with 41 new infections and there were 13 in Lincoln County. Beadle County added eight cases and there were seven in Brown County. Four new cases each were reported in Brookings, Charles Mix, Codington, Grant, Marshall and Roberts counties and three in Hamlin County.

Clark, Hughes, Moody, Tripp, Union and Yankton counties added two new infections each and there was one each in Clay, Corson, Edmunds, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake and Walworth counties.

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