COVID Cases Surge Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

COVID Cases Surge Tuesday

South Dakota recorded more than one thousand new COVID-19 infections Tuesday; the biggest one-day rise in almost nine months.

According to the daily update from the Department of Health, the online portal typically sees its biggest case numbers on Tuesdays as statistics are updated from the weekend.

South Dakota posted 1,020 new cases Tuesday. The last time the state saw more than 1,000 cases in a daily report was Dec. 4.

Two new deaths related to COVID-19 were also reported, raising the state toll to 2,069.

Active cases surged to 5,035, an increase of 16% from Monday.  Also, active hospitalizations took a huge jump, climbing from 168 to 216.

Yankton County recorded 12 new cases for the third time in a week. Two new recoveries were also reported, with the number of active cases rising to 71.