Dip in South Dakota unemployment, as officials urge virus caution

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FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, U.S. health regulators OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing options in most states. The sample will still have to be shipped for processing back to LabCorp, which operates diagnostic labs throughout the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Even as South Dakota’s unemployment numbers indicate the economic hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic seem to be easing, officials are warning that residents must remain cautious to prevent the spread of infections.

Health officials reported 60 new cases Thursday, and three more deaths attributed to COVID-19. They warned that attending summertime gatherings could increase the risk of transmitting or catching the virus.

Other states have seen dramatic spikes in infections as restrictions have been lifted.

President Donald Trump plans to attend a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore next week. Organizers are offering 7,500 tickets for the July 3 event.

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