Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota dropped significantly Tuesday as the state Department of Health reported less than 1,000 tests for the second consecutive day.

There are currently 4,751 cases across the state, a single-day decrease of 351. South Dakota reported 244 new cases Tuesday, as 36.4% of the 670 tests conducted returned positive. This is the third time the DOH has reported less than 1,000 tests on consecutive days since September. Meanwhile, the positivity percentage on those tests has remained steady, with less than 30% on five days since Dec. 1.

No new deaths were recorded for the second consecutive day, while hospitalizations remained firm. There are currently 240 people hospitalized statewide, a decrease of two since Monday. Hospital capacity sits at 49.3%, with 8.7% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. There 57 people with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit and 32 people on ventilators.

There have been 39,245 people vaccinated in South Dakota, while 7,465 people have received both rounds of the Pfizer vaccine.

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