December 1, 2020
Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D.–After climbing steadily throughout the month of November, there’s good news on the COVID-19 front to begin a new month.

The State Health Department reports 14,088 active cases of the virus statewide today. That’s a decrease of 3,096 cases from Monday.

Hospitalizations are down to 547.

Codington County saw a sharp decline in active cases too. They dropped from 534 on Monday to 463 today.

The death toll statewide stands at 948.

The drop in numbers comes on a day when European regulators say they may approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech within four weeks. That time frame, while sped up, could mean the shot is rolled out first in the United States and Britain.