MITCHELL, S.D. — COVID-19 statistics remained steady across South Dakota, the state health department reported Friday, Jan. 22.

While a five-day streak of decline in active cases ended, hospitalizations continue to trend downward for the fifth consecutive day, according to the state Department of Health. There are 4,090 active cases, an increase of one from Thursday. Meanwhile, current hospitalizations decreased by eight to 177. Eleven new deaths were reported, bringing the state’s total to 1,684.

South Dakota reported 316 new cases, as 32.9% of the 962 new tests returned positive. It ends a five-day run of positivity rates below 30% on new tests.

Statewide, 38.8% of hospital beds are available, with 6.4% occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 37 people with COVID in the intensive care unit and 25 on ventilators.

After spending much of the last two weeks No. 2 in the United States in vaccinations per capita, South Dakota dipped slightly to No. 5, with 5,940 people vaccinated per 100,000. Alaska is No. 1 with 8,119, followed by West Virginia, North Dakota and Connecticut. American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands are also higher than each state, save for Alaska.

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Thus far, 54,617 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 14,487 have been completely inoculated.

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