SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Thirteen South Dakotans have died with COVID-19, the most virus deaths reported in a single day in two weeks, according to the South Dakota Department of Health, Monday, Oct. 18. The fall surge, however, continues to winnow, though well over 5,000 South Dakotans still have active cases.

The number of persons hospitalized in the state with the virus on Monday ticked up to 193 after hitting a month-long low of 185 last Friday, though the 11 persons newly admitted to the hospital over the weekend was the lowest number since the second week of September. Overall, a fall surge appeared to be slowly on the decline, as the overall number of active cases dropped by 49 persons.

Similarly, the 338 average number of cases is down by about half from a week earlier.

While the number of additional people who are now fully vaccinated remained statistically virtually unchanged over the weekend, roughly 1,200 persons got their first vaccine jab, according to new numbers posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall percentage of South Dakotans who are fully vaccinated against the virus is 52.6% of the population.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Monday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

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Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 536,981 people, 60.7% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 465,748 people, 52.6% of state's population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage posted on its online dashboard, because the department's data indicates percentage of state population age 12 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 352 (seven-day daily average: 338)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 5,189
  • TOTAL CASES: 150,350
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 142,329

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 11 (seven-day daily average: 29)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 193

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,671

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 13

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,209

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