Another eight South Dakotans have died from COVID-19 as hospitalizations, rates of new cases and active cases continue to break records six months after the pandemic first hit the state.

According to the Department of Health’s daily coronavirus update, the new deaths match the highest one-day total in South Dakota. Eight deaths were also reported on Sept. 16.

Thursday’s numbers show the deaths were accompanied by 463 new confirmed cases of the virus Thursday. That’s a single-day record for new cases, outpacing the previous record of 445 set Wednesday.

“We need everybody working really hard to see any change in the numbers,” South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon told reporters during a press call Thursday. “If you’re not isolating, we’re going