Active COVID-19 infections fall to lowest number in a month as 3 more deaths reported

Frosty vials of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rest on a table after being removed from the temperature-controlled package they were delivered in on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Sanford Imagenetics in Sioux Falls.

Active COVID-19 infections dropped to their lowest level in nearly a month, the South Dakota Department of Health reported Friday, while three additional people died with COVID-19.

The three deaths occurred in two people 80 or older and one person 70-79. Two were women and one was a man. All three were residents of a long-term care facility. The number of people in South Dakota who have died with COVID-19 is 1,952. 

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The state reported 243 new infections, bringing the total to 120,856 people who have tested positive for coronavirus. But a significant number of those – 98 – were historic cases that were only just reported by a laboratory, and some of those cases dated to as far back as November. The historic cases showed that Codington County had 104 new cases Friday.

But Daniel Bucheli, a spokesman for the Department of Health, said only six of the 104 were considered new. The other 98 met the criteria for being recovered.

Forty-two of the new infections were in Minnehaha County residents, and eight were in Lincoln County. Four were in Brown County.

The state also reported 104 new infections in Codington County. Daniel Bu

Statewide, the number of new infections dropped to 2,201, as the state reported 367 new recoveries from the disease.

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell to 106. Of those, 22 were receiving intensive care and nine were on ventilators.

 A total of 311,853 residents were reported to have received at least one dose of vaccine. The total number administered rose to 521,848.

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