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In South Dakota, COVID-19 hospitalizations hit surge high

COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota rose seven to 411 on Friday, a total not seen since the late 2020 COVID-19 surge, in mid-December of that year. Meanwhile, active COVID-cases continue a four-day slide, dropping 1,106 to 33,647.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of people hospitalized in South Dakota with COVID-19 hit a surge high even as active cases continue to fall, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday, Jan. 28.

Hospitalizations rose seven to 411 on Friday, a total not seen since the late 2020 COVID-19 surge, in mid-December of that year. Meanwhile, active COVID-cases continue a four-day slide, dropping 1,106 to 33,647. Active cases, which count new cases against new recoveries, hit a pandemic peak of 36,247 on Monday.

State health officials also reported nine South Dakotans had died with COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 2,637, with 151 fatalities reported thus far in January.

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 Friday. All data are 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): 651,699 people, 73.7% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 519,580 people, 58.7% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 199,728 people, 38.4% 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.

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Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,145 (seven-day daily average: 1,896)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 33,647
  • TOTAL CASES: 225,383
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 189,099

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 41 (seven-day daily average: 59)
  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 411
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9,939
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 9
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,637
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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