MITCHELL, S.D. — Active COVID-19 cases dipped significantly as new cases spiked in South Dakota Friday, Jan. 8.

The number of active cases statewide dropped by 834, even with 808 new cases, according to the state Department of Health’s daily report. Friday’s new case totals are the highest single-day mark since Dec. 17. Of the 1,558 tests conducted, 51.9% returned positive.

Hospitalizations decreased to 247, while 12 new deaths were tallied to bring the pandemic total to 1,556. Statewide, 36.8% of hospital beds are available, with 8.9% occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 59 people with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit and 37 people on ventilators.

In South Dakota, 33,644 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 1,967 more people having received the complete two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine.

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