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In South Dakota, active COVID-19 cases hit all-time high

Health systems in the state regularly report that the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are those who aren't vaccinated. Vaccination rates in the state have remained below the national average and continue to creep up, with nearly 58% of the state's population received a full course of a vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, about one in three has gotten a booster shot.

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A graphic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes COVID-19.
Contributed / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still considered sick has hit a pandemic high, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

There are now 20,475 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, rising 3,256 since Monday on the strength of several thousand new positive tests gathered over the weekend and added to Tuesday's case count.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose eight to 315 statewide, the highest tally since Dec. 23, 2020. While hospitalizations remain elevated, they're nearly half of the all-time high recorded in mid-November 2020, when active cases last peaked at 19,240 — before vaccines were available.

Health systems in the state regularly report that the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are those who aren't vaccinated. Vaccination rates in the state have remained below the national average and continue to creep up, with nearly 58% of the state's population received a full course of a vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, about one in three has gotten a booster shot.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the CDC as of Tuesday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

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Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 635,281 people, 71.8% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 509,896 people, 57.6% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 182,802 people, 35.9x% of state's vaccinated population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage posted on its online dashboard, because the department's data indicates percentage of state population age 5 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 4,110 (seven-day daily average: 2,016)*
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 20,475
  • TOTAL CASES: 195,204
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 172,201

*Note: Tuesday's case count includes those reported over the previous weekend to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 66 (seven-day daily average: 24)
  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 315
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9,316
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 0
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,528
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