Fewer than 100 in South Dakota hospitals due to COVID-19 for first time since September
The Department of Health reported 84 current hospitalizations, a single-day decrease of 20, and the state’s lowest total since recording 83 on Sept. 10.
MITCHELL, S.D. — The number of people in South Dakota hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped below 100 for the first time since Sept. 11, the state reported on Friday, Feb. 12.
The Department of Health reported 84 current hospitalizations, a single-day decrease of 20, and the state’s lowest total since recording 83 on Sept. 10. Statewide, 43.7% of hospital beds are available, but 3% are occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 13 people in the intensive care unit and 11 on ventilators.
Active cases also fell Friday after a one-day uptick Thursday. There are currently 2,180 active cases in South Dakota, as the DOH reported 209 new cases. Of the 871 new tests conducted, 24% returned positive. Two new deaths were reported.
So far, 98,167 (14%) of South Dakotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 44,847 people — which is 6.5% of the population — have been fully vaccinated.
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