COVID-19 in S.D.: January 2021 daily updates and latest on the pandemic response

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — As the coronavirus pandemic continues into 2021, KELOLAND News will continue to provide the latest updates from federal, state and local officials. In this story, you can find a day-to-day report (listed below) on the latest COVID-19 data released by the South Dakota Department of Health. You can also find the latest information from health officials regarding the COVID-19 response and COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Early in January 2021, South Dakota surpassed 100,000 total cases of COVID-19. The virus has infected one out of every nine South Dakotans and there’s been more than 1,500 deaths, making COVID-19 the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease. 

The month of December marked a steady decrease in active coronavirus cases and current hospitalizations for the virus. At the start of December, S.D. was reporting more than 14,000 active cases and 547 current hospitalizations. Those numbers fell to less than 6,000 active cases and less than 300 current hospitalizations. Health officials said they’d be closely watching COVID-19 numbers for the first two weeks of January to see if the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays result in a COVID-19 surge. 

Starting in December 2020, South Dakotans began receiving COVID-19 vaccines. By the end of 2020, more than 21,000 South Dakotans had received the first dose of vaccine with 10,137 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 11,007 doses of the Moderna vaccine being administered to 21,144 persons by Dec. 31. South Dakota became one of the states leading the nation in vaccinations per population. 

On Jan. 4, health care officials announced they have been vaccinating about 2,500 people per week. Vaccine distribution is expected to continue to ramp up as allocation increases as well as the introduction of two more vaccines expected to be approved in February by the FDA. 

Avera’s Dr. David Basel said if 50, 60 or 70 percent of the population gets vaccinated, COVID-19 will no longer be a public health crisis in South Dakota. 

“If we can get enough people vaccinated, we can get back to normal; that’s the bottom line,” Basel said. “If we can’t, we’re going to be sitting here next Thanksgiving asking people not to go to Thanksgiving dinner because there is still too much COVID around.  It’s in the public’s hands.”


Day-to-day results

Friday, January 16

Four more COVID-19 deaths were reported, as active cases in the state remain below 5,000. The last time South Dakota had fewer than 5,000 active cases was on October 8.

On Saturday, 341 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 105,278, up from Friday (104,937). Total recovered cases are now at 98,808, up from Friday (98,576).

The death toll is now at 1,633. New deaths reported on Saturday were 3 men and 1 woman in the following age ranges: 60-69 (1), 70-79 (1) and 80+ (2).

Active cases are now at 4,837, up from Friday (4,732).

Current hospitalizations are at 209, down from Friday (227). Total hospitalizations are at 6,039, up from Friday (6,023).

Total persons negative is now at 285,242, up from Friday (284,571).

There were 1,012 new persons tested reported on Saturday. Saturday’s new person tested positivity rate is 33.6%.

The latest seven-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 11.4%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest one-day PCR test positivity rate is 13.5%.

40 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 17 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state. As of Saturday, 28,672 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 26,859 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 45,796 total persons. There’s been 9,735 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and no one has completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.

Friday, January 15

Fifteen more COVID-19 deaths were reported, as active cases in the state remain below 5,000.

On Friday, 425 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 104,937, up from Thursday (104,512). Total recovered cases are now at 98,576, 406 from Thursday (98,170).

The death toll is now at 1,629. New deaths reported on Friday were six men and nine women in the following age ranges: 50-59 (1), 60-69 (2), 70-79 (6) and 80+ (6).

Active cases are now at 4,732, up from Thursday (4,728).

Current hospitalizations are at 227, down from Thursday (247). Total hospitalizations are at 6,023, up from Thursday (5,998).

Total persons negative is now at 284,571, up from Thursday (283,660).

There were 1,336 new persons tested reported on Friday. Friday’s new person tested positivity rate is 31.8%.

The latest seven-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 10.8%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest one-day PCR test positivity rate is 11.1%.

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Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state. As of Friday, 27,997 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 25,778 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 41,755 total persons. There’s been 9,605 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and no one has completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Thursday, January 14

10 COVID-19 deaths were reported in South Dakota on Thursday.

On Thursday, 319 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 104,512 from Wednesday (104,195). Total recovered cases are now at 98,170, up from Wednesday (97,829).

The death toll is now at 1,614. The new deaths were 6 men and 4 women in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1), 60-69 (3), 70-79 (4) and 80+ (2).

Active cases are now at 4,728, down from Wednesday (4,762,).

Current hospitalizations are at 247, down from Wednesday (253). Total hospitalizations are at 5,998 up from Wednesday (5,978).

Total persons negative is now at 283,660 up from Wednesday (283,104).

There were 875 new persons tested reported on Thursday. Thursday’s new person tested positivity rate is 36.45%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 11.1%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 10.8%.

32 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 17 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Thursday 27,349 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 24,011 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 41,755 total persons. There’s been 9,065 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and no one has completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.

Wednesday, January 13
Nineteen more COVID-19 deaths were reported, as active cases in the state remain below 5,000. The last time South Dakota had fewer than 5,000 active cases was on October 8.

On Wednesday, 452 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 104,195, up from Tuesday (103,743). Total recovered cases are now at 97,829, up from Tuesday (97,407).

The death toll is now at 1,604. The new deaths were 13 men and 6 women in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1), 50-59 (1), 60-69 (3), 70-79 (5) and 80+ (9).

Active cases are now at 4,762, up from Tuesday (4,751).

Current hospitalizations are at 253, up from Tuesday (240). Total hospitalizations are at 5,978, up from Tuesday (5,943).

Total persons negative is now at 283,104, up from Tuesday (281,639).

There were 1,917 new persons tested reported on Wednesday. Wednesday’s new person tested positivity rate is 23.57%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 11.7%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 10.6%.

40 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 17 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Wednesday 25,022 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 22,930 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 39,954 total persons. There’s been 7,998 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and no one has completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.

Tuesday, January 12
The South Dakota Department of Health reported 244 new cases of COVID-19, as active cases have dropped below 5,000 on Tuesday. The last time South Dakota had fewer than 5,000 active cases was on October 8.

On Tuesday, 244 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 103,743, up from Monday (103,499). Total recovered cases are now at 97,407, up from Monday (96,812).

Active cases are now at 4,751, down from Monday (5,102).

Current hospitalizations are at 240, down from Monday (242). Total hospitalizations are at 5,943, up from Monday (5,917).

Total persons negative is now at 281,639, up from Monday (281,213,).

There were 670 new persons tested reported on Tuesday. Tuesday’s new person tested positivity rate is 36.4%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 12.6%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 11.8%.

40 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 17 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Tuesday, 24,575 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 22,139 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 39,245 total persons. There’s been 7,465 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and no one has completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.

Monday, January 11
The South Dakota Department of Health reported 181 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

On Monday, 181 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 103,499, up from Sunday (103,318). Total recovered cases are now at 96,812, up from Sunday (96,693).

Active cases are now at 5,102, up from Sunday (5,040).

Current hospitalizations are at 242, up from Sunday (237). Total hospitalizations are at 5,917, up from Sunday (5,904).

Total persons negative is now at 281,213, up from Sunday (280,843).

There were 551 new persons tested reported on Monday. Monday’s new person tested positivity rate is 32.8%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 13.9%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 13.6%.

40 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Monday, 24,047 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 21,620 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 38,360 total persons. There’s been 7,306 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and one person completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Sunday, January 10
Fifteen new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Sunday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The death toll is now at 1,585. The new deaths were 8 men and 7 women in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1), 50-59 (3), 60-69 (1), 70-79 (1), and 80+ (9).

On Saturday, 417 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 103,318, up from Saturday (102,901). Total recovered cases are now at 96,693, up from Saturday (96,291).

Active cases remain at 5,040.

Current hospitalizations are at 237, up from Saturday (234). Total hospitalizations are at 5,904, up from Saturday (5,871).

Total persons negative is now at 280,843, up from Saturday (280,192).

There were 1,068 new persons tested reported on Sunday. Sunday’s new person tested positivity rate is 39%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 13.9%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 13.6%.

40 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Friday, 22,477 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 21,596 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 37,575 total persons. There’s been 6,497 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and one person completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Saturday, January 9
Fourteen new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Saturday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The death toll is now at 1,570. The new deaths were 6 men and 8 women in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1), 50-59 (1), 60-69 (2), 70-79 (5), and 80+ (5).

On Saturday, 321 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 102,901, up from Friday (102,580). Total recovered cases are now at 96,291, up from Friday (95,783).

Active cases are now at 5,040, down from Friday (5,241).

Current hospitalizations are at 234, down from Friday (247). Total hospitalizations are at 5,871, up from Friday (5,851).

Total persons negative is now at 280,192, up from Friday (279,212).

There were 1,292 new persons tested reported on Saturday. Saturday’s new person tested positivity rate is 24%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 14%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 9.1%.

41 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 14 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Friday, 19,585 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 20,699 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 36,221 total persons. There’s been 4,062 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and one person completed two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Friday, January 8
 Twelve new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Friday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The death toll is now at 1,556. The new deaths were seven men and five women with three in the 60-69 age range, four in the 70-79 age range and five in the 80 and older age range.

On Friday, 448 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 102,580, up from Thursday (102,132). Total recovered cases are now at 95,783, up from Thursday (94,513).

Active cases are now at 5,241, down from Thursday (6,075).

Current hospitalizations are at 247, down from Thursday (264). Total hospitalizations are at 5,851, up from Thursday (5,829).

Total persons negative is now at 279,212, up from Thursday (278,102).

There were 1,558 new persons tested reported on Friday. Friday’s new person tested positivity rate is 28%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 15%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 11.3%.

Forty South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Friday, 16,877 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 18,734 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 33,644 total persons. There’s been 1,967 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Thursday, January 7
Twenty-five new COVID-19 deaths were reported in South Dakota on Thursday by the state health department.

The death toll is now at 1,544. The new deaths were 18 men and seven women in the following age ranges: 30-39 (1), 40-49 (1), 50-59 (2), 60-69 (3), 70-79 (5) and 80+(13).

On Thursday, 448 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 102,132, up from Wednesday (101,684). Total recovered cases are now at 94,513, up from Wednesday (93,778).

Active cases are now at 6,075 down from Wednesday (6,387).

Current hospitalizations are at 264, the same as Wednesday (264). Total hospitalizations are at 5,829, up from Wednesday (5,805).

Total persons negative is now at 278,102, up from Wednesday (277,357).

There were 1,193 new persons tested reported on Thursday. Thursday’s new person tested positivity rate is 37%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 16.1%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 17.4%.

Forty South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Thursday, 15,340 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 16,976 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 31,473 total persons. There’s been 842 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, one for the two doses for Moderna. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Wednesday, January 6
Six new COVID-19 deaths were announced as active coronavirus cases increased by more than 300 in Wednesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The death toll is now at 1,519. The new deaths were four men and two women in the following age ranges: 60 -69 (1); 70 -79 (3); 80+ (2).

On Wednesday, 607 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 101,684, up from Tuesday (101,076). Total recovered cases are now at 93,778, up from Tuesday (93,529).

Active cases are now at 6,387, up from Tuesday (6,034).

Current hospitalizations are at 264, down from Tuesday (270). Total hospitalizations are at 5,805, up from Tuesday (5,764).

Total persons negative is now at 277,357, up from Tuesday (276,286).

There were 1,678 new persons tested reported on Wednesday. Wednesday’s new person tested positivity rate is 36%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 15.8%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 16.7%.

Forty South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Wednesday, 13,991 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 15,888 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 29,778 total persons. There’s been 101 persons completed two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Tuesday, January 5
South Dakota’s latest 7-day PCR-test positivity rate is at 16.3% according to Tuesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The death toll remained at 1,513.

On Tuesday, 434 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 101,076, up from Monday (100,643). Total recovered cases are now at 93,529, up from Monday (93,099).

Active cases are now at 6,034, up from Monday (6,031).

Current hospitalizations are at 270, up from Monday (268). Total hospitalizations are at 5,764, up from Monday (5,742).

Total persons negative is now at 276,286, up from Monday (275,713).

There were 1,007 new persons tested reported on Tuesday. Tuesday’s new person tested positivity rate is 43%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 16.3%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 18.1%.

Forty South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Tuesday, 12,734 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 14,526 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 27,260 total persons. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Monday, January 4
The COVID-19 death toll remained at 1,513 in South Dakota, according to Monday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

On Monday, 111 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 100,643, up from Sunday (100,532). Total recovered cases are now at 93,099, up from Sunday (93,031).

Active cases are now at 6,031, up from Sunday (5,988).

Current hospitalizations are at 268, up from Sunday (262). Total hospitalizations are at 5,742, up from Sunday (5,732).

Total persons negative is now at 275,713, up from Sunday (275,423).

There were 401 new persons tested reported on Monday. Monday’s new person tested positivity rate is 27%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 16.5%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 16.1%.

Forty South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 15 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 11 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Monday, 12,734 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 14,218 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 26,952 total persons. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Sunday, January 3
South Dakota surpassed 100,000 total coronavirus cases according to Sunday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health. Sunday’s update contained 48 hours worth of data from 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 1 p.m. on Jan. 2 in Sunday’s update as there was no update on New Year’s Day.

The death toll is now at 1,513. The twelve new deaths were 5 men and 7 women listed in the following age ranges: 60-69 (1); 70-79 (3); 80+ (8).

On Sunday, 703 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 100,532, up from Saturday’s update (99,829). Total recovered cases are now at 93,031, up from Saturday’s update which included data from 1 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 p.m. Jan. 2 (92,595).

Active cases are now at 5,988, up from Saturday’s update (5,733).

Current hospitalizations are at 262, down from Saturday’s update (282). Total hospitalizations are at 5,732, up from Saturday’s update (5,702).

Total persons negative is now at 275,423, up from Saturday’s update (274,117).

There were 2,009 new persons tested reported on Saturday. Saturday’s new person tested positivity rate is 34.9%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 16.5%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 15.1%.

44 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 13 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Sunday, 12,720 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 14,150 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 26,870 total persons. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


Saturday, January 2
South Dakota has surpassed 1,500 deaths due to COVID-19, as 13 more deaths were reported in Saturday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported data from 1 p.m. on Dec. 30 to 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Saturday’s update. A COVID-19 update was not provided by the state on New Year’s Day.

The death toll is now at 1,501. The new deaths were 6 men and 7 women listed in the following age ranges: 40-49 (2); 50-59 (3); 60-69 (1); 70-79 (1) and 80+ (6).

On Saturday, 666 new total coronavirus cases were announced bringing the state’s total case count to 99,829, up from Thursday (99,164). Total recovered cases are now at 92,595, up from Thursday (91,980).

Active cases are now at 5,733, up from Thursday (5,696).

Current hospitalizations are at 282, down from Thursday (297). Total hospitalizations are at 5,702, up from Thursday (5,672).

Total persons negative is now at 274,117, up from Thursday (273,476).

There were 1,307 new persons tested reported on Saturday. Saturday’s new person tested positivity rate is 50.9%.

The latest 7-day all test positivity rate reported by the DOH, is 17%. The DOH calculates that based on the results of the PCR test results but doesn’t release total numbers for how many PCR tests are done daily. The latest 1-day PCR test positivity rate is 15%.

44 South Dakota counties are listed as having “substantial” community spread, while 13 South Dakota counties are listed as “moderate” community spread and 9 South Dakota counties are listed as “minimal” community spread.

Vaccine tracking is now being reported by the state, as of Saturday, 11,713 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 13,612 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered to 25,325 total persons. Vaccine data does not include vaccine given to South Dakota Indian Reservations because that is federally allocated.


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What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine in South Dakota

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Who is charge of the vaccine distribution?
The South Dakota Department of Health developed a 64-page COVID-19 vaccination plan. According to the plan, the DOH has communication with leaders from 32 “points of dispensing” throughout the state.

Who gets a vaccine first in South Dakota?
There is a 3 phase approach of vaccine administration —

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  • Phase 1: “Potentially Limited Doses Available”
  • Phase 2: “Large Number of Doses Available, Supply Likely to Meet Demand”
  • Phase 3: “Likely Suffcient Supply, Slowing Demand”

Throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2, South Dakota’s three primary health care systems — Avera, Sanford and Monument Health — will provide the vaccination services to “priority populations.”

Who is in Phase 1 of getting the vaccine?
The state determined through an allocation criteria four key priorities

  1. Risk for acquiring infection
  2. Risk of severe outcome due to infection
  3. Risk of negative societal impact
  4. Risk of of transmitting infection to others

Based on that criteria, health care workers, first responders and older adults living in congregate settings will receive the first vaccines as described in Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

When will vaccine be available for me?
On Jan. 6, the SD DOH released a new document showing when it expected vaccine availability for certain groups in South Dakota. You can see that document below. Phase 1D, which includes people two underlying health conditions, people 65-years or older and teachers, is expected to start in February. Vaccine for all South Dakotans, isn’t expected until May 2021.

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Who has the vaccine in my county?
While the SD DOH oversees the vaccine the distribution, five different health systems have been charged in overseeing vaccine distribution and administration in their area. The five systems are Avera, Sanford, Monument, Mobridge Hospital and Northern Plains Health Network.


READ: South Dakota’s COVID-19 vaccine FAQ’s.

READ: South Dakota’s COVID-19 64-page Vaccination Plan

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