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South Dakota COVID-19 cases plummet to six-week low

The active case count fell below 9,000 for the first time since Jan. 4. The number of South Dakotans who had died with COVID-19 rose 42 over the past week to 2,772.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Active cases in South Dakota have plummeted to a six-week low as the surge powered by the omicron variant quickly eased across the state, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday, Feb. 18.

The active case count fell below 9,000 for the first time since Jan. 4. The number of South Dakotans who had died with COVID-19 rose 42 over the past week to 2,772.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Friday, Feb. 18. All data are the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 660,376 people, 74.6% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 527,134 people, 59.6% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 209,155 people, 39.7% 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 count

  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 8,465 (-6,150 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL CASES: 234,961 (+2,236 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 223,724

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 222
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 10,505 (+132 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,772 (+42 over past 7 days)
Jeremy Fugleberg is an editor who manages coverage of health (NewsMD), history and true crime (The Vault) for Forum News Service, the regional wire service of Forum Communications Co, and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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