HURON — At the halfway mark of the month of November, the numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) have put the state already at record marks for a month, with half the month of November left to go.
The state added 3,054 new positive cases over the weekend and 76 new deaths. The active cases in the state jumped to 19,359 with the additional new positive cases over the weekend.
In October, the state more than doubled the previous cases that it had ever experienced with 23,603 over the month. After Sunday’s numbers from DOH, the state has now recorded 19,389 new positive cases through the first half of November.
October was by far the deadliest month in the state’s battle with COVID, reporting 202 deaths. Sunday’s numbers pushed November’s virus-related deaths to 219 already in the month.
Hospitalizations nearly doubled in October compared to the previous seven months, with 1,135 hospitalizations. The state has now recorded 961 hospitalizations in November.
Beadle County added 82 new positive cases over the weekend along with 3 new deaths. Active virus cases in the county are at 593 in Beadle.
The Heartland Region added 5 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total deaths in the region to 51. There are 14 region residents currently hospitalized due to complications from the virus, and 1,178 region residents are actively infected with the virus.