MITCHELL, S.D. — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 plunged as total hospitalizations surpassed 6,000 in South Dakota, state health officials announced Friday, Jan. 15.

The state Department of Health reported 227 people currently hospitalized, a single-day decrease of 20. Meanwhile 6,023 South Dakotans have been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 complications during the pandemic. Fifteen new deaths were also reported, bringing the state’s total to 1,629.

There were 425 new cases reported Friday, as 31.8% of 1,336 new tests returned positive. Active cases remained steady, with 4,732 statewide. Currently, 38.9% of hospital beds are available across the state and 8.3% are occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 53 people in the intensive care unit and 40 on ventilators.

Thus far, 44,057 people in South Dakota have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 9,718 have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

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