SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The COVID-19 picture continues to improve in South Dakota, even as state health officials reported another 12 deaths due to the virus, over the week ending Friday, June 4.

Active cases, hospitalization and average daily cases all sank to new lows over the past week, according to a Forum News Service analysis of state-reported data. And nearly 50% of those eligible in the state — those age 12 and older — have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, the South Dakota Health Department reported Friday.

However, another 12 people have succumbed to COVID-19 over the last week, raising the death toll among South Dakotans to 2,022, according to state health officials.

Active cases sank to 266 on Friday, sliding from just over 1,500 cases at the beginning of May. Thirty seven people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of Friday, the lowest total since early August. The seven-day daily average of cases dropped to 25 on Friday, a new low since the earliest days of the pandemic in early May 2020, when testing was still somewhat spotty.

Vaccinations rates in South Dakota are mixed compared to national rates. Just over half, or 55% of South Dakotans, have gotten the first of two-dose vaccinations, according to the state Department of Health., lagging the national uptake of 60.3%, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While 49.8% of South Dakotans have been fully vaccinated, per DOH, very close to the 48.8% of the eligible U.S. population, according to the CDC.

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Statewide COVID-19 7-day summary

  • TOTAL CASES: 124,261 (+99)
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,245 (-343)*
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 121,973 (+212)

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,022 (+12)

  • VACCINATION PERCENTAGE (ONE-SHOT): 55% (+0.7%)

  • VACCINATION PERCENTAGE (SERIES COMPLETE): 49.8% (+0.6%)

Vaccination percentages include vaccines given to South Dakota residents through both state and federal programs, including through the Indian Health Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs, per the state Department of Health. The percentages are of eligible South Dakotans, those age 12 and older.

*It's not clear why the state's total hospitalizations have fallen this week, although it's possible new information has established some of those hospitalized as residents of other states, moving them out of the state's totals. Forum News Service has reached out to the South Dakota Department of Health for additional information.

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