PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 from 173 tests Sunday, July 5, marking the state's lowest testing day since late April.

The state's rate of positive tests is 8.41%. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Dakota contains the ninth-fewest cases of the virus in the United States, ahead of Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, West Virginia, Maine and North Dakota.

Deaths due to COVID-19 remain at 97, holding constant for the fourth consecutive day. More than 90% of deaths have been residents over the age of 50.

Hospitalizations have declined in the state since reaching a pandemic high of 105 on May 28. Fifty-nine South Dakotans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Virus patients are currently using 3% of state hospital beds, 5% of intensive care unit beds and 9% of ventilators.

Active cases in the state have fallen since reaching a mid-May high of 1,393. Active cases currently sit at 903 but have jumped 13% since the beginning of July.

Sioux Falls' Minnehaha County, the state's most populous area, accounts for 3,663 cases, more than half of the state's total of 7,063. Rapid City's Pennington County ranks second in the county with 560 cases.

Across the nation, the CDC has reported 2,789,678 cases and 129,305 deaths attributed to the virus.

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