Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

South Dakota's COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up, active cases drop to 2,073

While the state saw active cases dip by 100 over the weekend from Friday, South Dakota added 13 new deaths.

Coronavirus art graphic
Photo: Pixabay

Over the weekend, South Dakota’s active COVID-19 cases fell to 2,073, continuing the state’s downward trend.

Feb. 14's 2,073 active cases mark a decrease of 105 since Friday, Feb. 12. While active cases remained slightly above 2,000 as of Sunday, the last time South Dakota had fewer than 2,000 active cases was in late August of 2020. Since the new year set in on Jan. 1, the state’s active cases have dropped by roughly 7,000.

The state also recorded 248 new cases combined from Saturday and Sunday, according to the state Department of Health.

Despite the drop in active and new cases, the death toll rose by 13 over the weekend, bringing the state’s total fatalities to 1,844 since the start of the pandemic.

After experiencing a steady decline in hospitalizations over the past few days, the state saw a slight uptick on Sunday, adding five from the previous day. That brings the total number of hospitalizations to 87, according to the state Department of Health. Among the age groups of the new deaths were one between 30 to 39, another between 50 to 59, while the remaining 11 were in the age range of 70 and older.

ADVERTISEMENT

Over the past seven days, the state has seen a 6.5% positivity rate from the tests that were administered.

As active cases continue sliding, vaccinations continue to ramp up. As of Sunday, South Dakota has administered 103,895 COVID-19 vaccinations marking an increase of over 2,000 from Saturday's total.

As a public service, we’ve opened this article to everyone regardless of subscription status. If this coverage is important to you, please consider supporting local journalism by clicking on the subscribe button in the upper righthand corner of the homepage.

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.
What To Read Next
Roswitha Konz, Clinical Director at Dakota Counseling, gives a few tips and tricks to stay mentally fit so you can accomplish all your resolutions this year.
Many cultures ring in the new year by eating a special meal that's supposed to bring good luck. Viv Williams shares a family tradition that may not make you lucky, but it may boost your health.
Two common winter injuries: fracturing a bone falling on the ice and wrenching your back shoveling snow. In this episode of Health Fusion, Viv Williams shares tips from a University of Minnesota doctor.
Members Only
The multi-million dollar facility includes features such as a 24-hour emergency room, diagnostic imaging center and helipad, as well as a 30-bed long term care center.