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In South Dakota, active COVID-19 cases top 10K for first time since late 2020

The South Dakota Department of Health reported 3,047 people had newly tested positive in the state, raising the active case tally nearly 2,000 cases to 10,753 people who had a positive test result and were still considered able to spread the virus. That's the highest active case count since Dec. 16, 2020.

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A graphic of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that causes COVID-19.
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of people who are positive for COVID-19 has surged in South Dakota, state health officials reported Tuesday, Jan. 4, on tests cataloged over the long new year holiday weekend.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported 3,047 people had newly tested positive in the state, raising the active case tally nearly 2,000 cases to 10,753 people who had a positive test result and were still considered able to spread the virus. That's the highest active case count since Dec. 16, 2020.

But state health officials noted the high number of new infections were a result of a number of factors, including the accumulation of tests from Thursday afternoon into Monday newly reported on Tuesday.

"Today's COVID-19 cases include four days of reporting (due to the holiday), some delayed reporting last week from health care facilities, and true increases in COVID-19 cases due to the transition of omicron variant becoming the circulating virus," the Department of Health stated on its online COVID-19 data dashboard.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state also climbed, rising 23 to 261, the highest count since Dec. 16. State health officials also reported four South Dakotans had died with COVID-19, raising the state's all-time death toll to 2,498.

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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 Tuesday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 627,309 people, 70.9% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 505,031 people, 57.1% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 172,309 people, 34.1% of state's vaccinated 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 5 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 3,047 (seven-day daily average: 949)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 10,753
  • TOTAL CASES: 183,030
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 1,068

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 59 (seven-day daily average: 26)
  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 261
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9,156
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 4
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,498
Related Topics: CORONAVIRUSCOVID-19 VACCINE
Jeremy Fugleberg is editor of The Vault, Forum Communications Co.'s home for Midwest history, mysteries, crime and culture. He is also a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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