SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is experiencing all-time highs for coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The Department of Health reported 14 people had died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 272 people.
September was the state’s deadliest month of the pandemic as it posted 56 deaths. But the state is on-pace to see far more deaths in October, recording 49 deaths in the month so far.
The state has recorded the nation’s second-highest number of cases per capita over the last weeks. There were roughly 711 new cases per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.