Argus Leader: South Dakota COVID-19 hospitalizations up for fifth day. “Hospitalized patients increased by 41 patients over the previous 24 hours, with 607 people in the state’s staffed hospital beds. The number of active cases rose by 353 to 16,595 after the state reported that an additional 691 people recovered from the disease. The state has averaged 1,211 new positive infections over the past seven days.” For comparison: North Carolina currently has an average of 2,492 cases a day over the last seven days. North Carolina has a population of 10.49 million. South Dakota’s population is 884,659.