SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota added 267 new COVID-19 cases but no deaths, the state Health Department reported Monday, Dec. 28.

Fewer cases and deaths are typically reported on Monday due to reporting lags over the weekend, a situation likely further complicated by the Christmas holiday.

Deaths from COVID-19 continue to stand at 1,446, a tally unchanged since Saturday. State health officials have reported 500 COVID-19 fatalities among state residents so far in December. November was the deadlines month of the pandemic thus far, with 521 reported fatalities.

But other measures of the pandemic in the state continued to trend positive. Daily hospitalizations stood at 288, a tick up from the previous day but below half of the fall/winter surge that pushed daily hospitalizations to 609 on Nov. 10.

Active cases continued to decline as well, as the vast majority of those who tested positive during the surge continued to recover. State health officials reported 6,523 active cases of the virus, far below the peak of 19,360 on Nov. 15.

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The state Health Department reported 14,799 first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in South Dakota -- 9,875 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 4,924 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines are two-dose inoculations, but the federal government is holding safe a supply of a second dose for all those who receive a first dose.

Front-line healthcare and long-term care workers are first in line for the vaccine. State health officials have said those workers number about 19,000, putting the state on track to finish first round vaccinations on that group this week.

About one in nine South Dakotans -- a total of 97,657 people -- has tested positive for the virus. About one in 612 has died. Nearly 42 percent of South Dakotans -- totaling 369,269 people -- have gotten tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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