SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There were seven new COVID-19 deaths reported in South Dakota for the past week.

According to the South Dakota Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll since the start of the pandemic is up seven to 3,221. New deaths reported include two women and five men in the following age ranges: 30-39, 70-79 (2) and 80+ (4). Deaths were reported in the following counties: Davidson, Day, Jackson, Minnehaha, Spink, Turner and Union.

Active cases are now at 243, down from 289 the week before. There were 342 new cases reported in the past week.

As of October 5, 2022, the DOH has updated its COVID-19 dashboard weekly on Wednesdays. The information on community spread is no longer available on the South Dakota DOH page; instead, users are directed to the CDC tracker.

There are 29 people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, which is down from last week (33). Throughout the pandemic, there have been 12,718 total people who have been hospitalized.

The state’s total case count is now at 282,137 up from last week (281,795). That total does not include at-home positive results as those are not required to be reported to the state.

The number of recovered cases is at 278,673.

The DOH now directs users to the CDC page for vaccination information.