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CDC loosens mask guidelines as South Dakota's active COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000

South Dakota reported 936 active COVID-19 cases. It is the first time the state has had less than 1,000 cases since Aug. 7, 2020.

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PIERRE, S.D. — Fully vaccinated people are no longer recommended to wear masks or social distance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, May 13.

The CDC also recommends masks are no longer needed for people fully vaccinated people — those two weeks removed from their final dose — in outdoor crowds. Masks may stay bill required in health care establishments, businesses that require them or an airplane. The CDC recommends unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks due to COVID-19 spread and risk of mild or severe illness.

Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota are at the lowest point since August, while the United States is seeing its lowest totals since September. Roughly 46% of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than half of eligible South Dakotans have been fully vaccinated.

Following are the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Thursday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 81 (seven-day daily average: 89)
  • TOTAL ACTIVE CASES: 936
  • TOTAL CASES: 123,599
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 120,674
  • DAILY TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 11.1%

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 68

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,485

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 1

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,989

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 336,558, total: 56% of population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 305,886, total: 50.3% of population

*Vaccine total based on state distribution. Percentage includes vaccines given to South Dakota residents through federal programs, including IHS and VA.
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