In SD, active COVID-19 cases drop to 7-month low

Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota dropped to a low not seen since Aug. 20, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota dropped to a low not seen since Aug. 20, according to weekly data reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, March 23.

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


  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 71.57% of state's population
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 58.69% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 32.73% of state's vaccinated population

Note: Vaccination percentages are provided by the SD Department of Health, based on the 2019 Census data, counting South Dakotans age 5 and older for initial dose and full vaccination, and age 16 and older for the booster dose

Statewide case count

  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 2,426 (-253 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL CASES: 236,955 (+205 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 231,649

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 10,693 (+28 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,880 (+10 over past 7 days)
Jeremy Fugleberg is an editor who manages coverage of health (NewsMD), history and true crime (The Vault) for Forum News Service, the regional wire service of Forum Communications Co, and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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