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Federal health officials announce fully vaccinated people can gather without masks as South Dakota COVID-19 cases drop

The CDC announced fully vaccinated people can congregate with one another indoors with masks. The news comes as South Dakota's active case-count fell after increasing for seven consecutive days.

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PIERRE, S.D. — Fully vaccinated people can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without masks, federal health officials announced Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced vaccinated people can gather in a single household with those considered low-risk for severe disease.

The CDC continues to recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks, avoid large gatherings and social distance from others in public. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last last required dose.

Following are the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Monday, March 8. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 11 (seven-day daily average: 161)
  • TOTAL ACTIVE CASES: 2,067
  • TOTAL CASES: 113,596
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 109,628
  • DAILY TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 6.6%

Monday test numbers tend be lower than other days of the week. Since Feb. 1, the Department of Health has not reported more than 65 cases on a Monday, compared to an average of 174.8 on other days of the week during that span.

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Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 3

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 67

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 6,708

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 1

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,901

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 169,877, total: 29.6% of population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 92,504, total: 16% 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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Jeremy Fugleberg is editor of The Vault, Forum Communications Co.'s home for Midwest history, mysteries, crime and culture. He is also a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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