SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Another 42 South Dakotans have died from COVID-19, the South Dakota Department of Health reported Sunday, Nov. 22, raising the pandemic's death toll in the state to 819.

Nearly half of the state's COVID-19 deaths have been reported this month, with eight days to go.

State health officials reported another 851 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota, raising the state's all-time total to 73,065, or about 1 in 12 South Dakotans.

There are 16,896 South Dakotans who have tested positive for the coronavirus and are considered still able to spread the disease, down from the all-time daily high of 19,360 people, set a week ago. That means about 1 in 52 South Dakotans has tested positive and is currently sick with COVID-19.

The state reported another 42 hospitalizations from COVID-19, and the daily reported total of hospitalizations held about steady at 577, down from the all-time high of 607 set Nov. 10.

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Of those who have tested positive for the illness, 55,349 have recovered.

State officials have reported test results from 3,600 people each of the last three days, likely fueled by a series of mass-testing events held in cities around the state. Including last few days' results, the number of people tested daily in South Dakota has only climbed past 3,000 10 times during the pandemic.

South Dakota: Number of days it took to get to COVID-19 fatalities (1st case reported March 10):

  • 100 deaths: 121 days
  • 200 deaths: 72 days
  • 300 deaths: 26 days
  • 400 deaths: 14 days
  • 500 deaths: 8 days
  • 600 deaths: 8 days
  • 700 deaths: 5 days
  • 800 deaths: 3 days

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