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South Dakota reports 15 COVID-19 fatalities, 2,641 new cases

There are now 2,559 South Dakotans who have died with COVID-19, with 73 deaths reported in January thus far, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — State health officials in South Dakota reported 15 COVID-19 deaths and more than 2,600 new cases, Friday, Jan. 14.

There are now 2,559 South Dakotans who have died with COVID-19, with 73 deaths reported in January thus far, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

The 2,601 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Department of Health is the second-highest daily case count since the start of the pandemic, just shy of the all-time daily high of 2,708 set on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The deluge of new cases and limited number of new recoveries has pushed the count of active COVID-19 cases up 2,039 to an all-time high of 26,835. Hospitalizations also continued to rise, climbing six to 349 in hospitals in the state, an amount not seen since Dec. 19, 2020.

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 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): 638,852 people, 72.2% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 511,966 people, 57.9% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 187,677 people, 36.7% 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: 2,641 (seven-day daily average: 2,771)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 26,835
  • TOTAL CASES: 203,137
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 173,743

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 30 (seven-day daily average: 38)
  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 349
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9,411
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 15
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,559
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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