Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota top 6,000 for the first time

October 13, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Active coronavirus cases in South Dakota surpassed 6,000 for the first time as the state continued to struggle to contain the virus.

The Department of Health reported 359 new cases. That’s a downturn from recent days, but fewer tests were processed over the weekend.

The new cases bring the state’s tally of people with active infections to 6,062, a new high during the pandemic.

Health officials reported two more deaths, bringing the death toll to 288.

October is already the deadliest month of the pandemic, with the state so far reporting 65 deaths.