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South Dakota National Guard to aid in vaccination clinics on Pine Ridge Reservation

The South Dakota National Guard will provide assistance to Indian Health Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe for two vaccine clinics in Kyle and Pine Ridge in April and May.

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota National Guard is set to provide aid to Indian Health Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe during two vaccination clinics.

IHS and the OST requested support from the National Guard for clinics in Kyle and Pine Ridge, which was approved by Gov. Kristi Noem . The Guard will provide medical personnel to assist in vaccine administration.

Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation and patients of the Pine Ridge Service Unit at least 16 years old are eligible for vaccination. The event will also have a health fair to offer information on health programs. The first clinic will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the Little Wound High School gymnasium, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Pine Ridge Elementary School gymnasium.

The second set of clinics will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Little Wound and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Pine Ridge.

For additional information, contact the COVID Nurse Triage Line at 605-867-3300 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Following are the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Monday, April 12. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 187 (seven-day daily average: 219)
  • TOTAL ACTIVE CASES: 2,425
  • TOTAL CASES: 119,892
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 115,520
  • DAILY TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 23.5%

The South Dakota Department of Health will now provide updated COVID-19 date Monday through Saturday. Monday's totals include data from Sunday.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 20

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 96

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,136

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 1

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,947

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 303,040, total: 50.4% of population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 213,512, total: 35.6% 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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