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South Dakota sees steady decline in active COVID-19 cases

The state Department of Health reported 4,837 active COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 4 new deaths.

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MITCHELL, S.D. -- South Dakota added 341 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Jan. 16, while active cases continued declining.

According to the state Department of Health, active cases dipped to 4,837 on Saturday. A month ago, South Dakota had a total of 10,987 active cases.

However, the death toll continues to rise; four new fatalities were reported on Saturday. That brings the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,633 since the start of the pandemic. The deaths included three men and one woman in the age range of 60 and older.

Hospitalizations fell to 209, representing a decrease of 18 from Friday’s report.

Vaccinations continue to be administered in the state, and the Department of Health reported there have been 45,796 people vaccinated thus far.


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Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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