Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota dropped a day after a significant rise, while 25 new deaths were recorded Thursday, Jan. 7.

There were 448 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, but active cases saw a single-day decrease of 312 to 6,075. This comes a day after a net increase of 353. Of the 1,193 people tested, 37.6% returned positive, according to the state Department of Health.

Meanwhile, the death toll reached 1,544 after a total of 18 deaths were reported from Jan. 2-6. The 25 new deaths are the highest single-day total since Dec. 24.

The number of people currently hospitalized remained at 264 for the second consecutive day. Statewide, 37.9% of hospital beds are available, with 9.6% of the beds being occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 56 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, while 36 are currently on ventilators.

The DOH also reported 31,473 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while another 842 people have received both doses needed to be fully inoculated.

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