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South Dakota COVID-19 hospitalizations at highest since Jan. 13

A winter surge continues as over 1,000 South Dakotans tested positive for the coronavirus, now 10 days since Thanksgiving.

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A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of South Dakotans hospitalized with COVID-19 inched up to 250, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

An early winter surge continues in South Dakota, with 1,026 persons becoming newly infected with the virus. Overall, on Tuesday, new recoveries did outpace new infections by over two dozen persons. But the hospitalization rate rose from to its highest number since Jan. 13.

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): 600,873 people, 67.90% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 488,426 people, 55.20% 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: 1,026 (seven-day daily average: 639)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,647
  • TOTAL CASES: 169,789
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 159,767

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 56 (seven-day daily average: 24)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 250

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 8,599

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 4

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,375

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