Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota surpassed the 1,000-case mark for the first time since late March, according to Wednesday’s weekly update from the Department of Health (DOH).

There were 1,054 active cases reported, a 38% increase over last week. It was the highest mark since 2,426 active cases were posted on March 23, which was the first day the DOH switched from a daily to a weekly report.

There were 453 new infections reported Wednesday, with the seven-day test-positivity rate climbing to 9.9% (+2.5%).

Two new COVID-related deaths were posted. The state pandemic toll rose to 2,917; neither of the new deaths was reported in the Yankton area.

Other statistics for Wednesday included:

• S.D. Hospitalizations — Current hospitalizations: 33 (+8); new hospitalizations 17;

• New Area Hospitalizations (1) — Charles Mix County, +1;

• New Area S.D. Cases (+33/net) — Bon Homme County, -1; Charles Mix County, +1; Clay County, +4; Turner County, +2; Union County, +14; Yankton County, +13;

• Area S.D. Active Cases (62) — Bon Homme County 1 (0 change from last week); Charles Mix County, 9 (-3); Clay County, 5 (+4); Douglas County, 1 (-2); Hutchinson County, 0 (0 change); Turner County, 4 (+1); Union County, 18 (+7); Yankton County, 24 (+13);

• Area Community Spread — Low: Douglas and Hutchinson counties; Moderate: Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay and Turner counties; Substantial: Yankton County; High: Union County.

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