PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, May 20, reported 109 more people have recovered from COVID-19.

The total number of recoveries is at 3,023 in the state.

The state’s current hospitalizations increased by four to 81, with total hospitalizations overall increasing to 333, up six from Tuesday.

Overall, there were 32 new positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota, bringing the total to 4,117.

Active case numbers decreased to 1,108, down 17 from Tuesday.

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The number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 remains the same at 46.

South Dakota received $2.819 million in funding for COVID-19 testing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release.

A total of $225 million was awarded to over 4,500 rural health clinics nationwide to support COVID-19 testing efforts and expand access to testing in rural communities.

“Rural Health Clinics are a special designation given to health care practices in under served rural areas by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that help ensure access to care for rural residents,” the release states.

The funding is through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday, April 24, which specifically allocated the funds to rural health clinics, providing nearly $50,000 per clinic site.

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