MITCHELL, S.D. — Thirty-one COVID-19 deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health Friday, Dec. 4, marking the highest three-day total since the pandemic began.

Since Dec. 2, there have been 116 deaths due to COVID-19, surpassing the previous high of 97 from Nov. 18 to 20.

The state also recorded 1,051 new cases, bringing the total to 84,399, as the positivity rate has surpassed 25%. Active cases also increased by 451, with 15,925 current cases across South Dakota. Of the 1,815 tested, 57.9% were positive. It was the third consecutive day of more than 50% positivity rate.

Hospitalizations decreased by 32 to 516, the sharpest one-day decline since a dip of 64 from Nov. 10 to 11.

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