SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — KELOLAND News is tracking COVID-19 case data released by the South Dakota Department of Health.

As new case information is released in December, we’ll update this story with the latest data.

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Find updates from previous months at the end of this story.


December 30

There were 12 new COVID-19 deaths reported by the South Dakota Department of Health Thursday.

The statewide death toll increased to 2,486. The new deaths were five women and seven men in the following age ranges: 30-39 (1), 50-59 (3), 60-69 (1) and 70-79 (7).

On Thursday, 808 total new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the state’s total case count to 179,204, up from Wednesday (178,395).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 8,323, up from Wednesday (7,871).

Current hospitalizations are at 240, up from Wednesday (237). Total hospitalizations are at 9,076, up from Wednesday (8,973).

Total recovered cases are now at 168,395, up from Wednesday (168,050).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,823,107 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 3,896 from 1,819,211 total tests Wednesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 19.2% for Dec. 22 – 28. Nearly one out of every five PCR COVID-19 tests are coming back positive in South Dakota.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 62 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,251 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), four cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and two cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Dec. 22, the state reported its first Omicron variant case as a man in his 20s from Minnehaha County.

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

For COVID-19 vaccines, 67.4% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.6% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 26.1% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 614,867 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 438,436 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,653 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 169,107 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 242,440 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 93,931 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 74,351 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,148 have received a Janssen booster.


December 29

Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in South Dakota is now at 2,474, up from Tuesday (2,468). The new deaths were one man and five woman in the following age ranges: 60-69 (5) and 80+ (1).

There were 944 new total COVID-19 cases reported, bringing the state’s total case count to 178,395, up from Tuesday (177,451).

The number of active cases reported on Wednesday is at 7,871, up from Tuesday (7,271).

Current hospitalizations are at 237, up from Tuesday (228). Total hospitalizations are at 8,973, up from Tuesday (9,042).

Total recovered cases are now at 168,050, up from Tuesday (167,712).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,819,211 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 15,310 from 1,803,901 total tests Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 16.2% for Dec. 21– 27.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 62 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,250 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), four cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and two cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Dec. 22, the state reported its first Omicron variant case as a man in his 20s from Minnehaha County.

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

For COVID-19 vaccines, 67.4% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.55% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 25.9% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 613,389 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 437,398 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,585 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 169,021 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 242,090 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 93,148 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 73,562 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,125 have received a Janssen booster.


December 28

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota Department of Health reported an average of 315 new COVID-19 cases per day through a four-day holiday period on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s report included data from 1 p.m. Dec. 23 (Thursday) through 1 p.m. Dec. 27 (Monday).

There were 1,265 new total cases reported, bringing the state’s total case count to 177,451, up from Monday (176,186).

The death toll from COVID-19 was revised to 2,468, down one from Monday’s total death toll of 2,469. A woman death was removed from the 40-49 age range in Brule County.

The number of active cases is now at 7,271, up from Monday (7,224).

Current hospitalizations are at 228, down from Monday (244). Total hospitalizations are at 9,042, up from Monday (8,993).

Total recovered cases are now at 167,712, up from Monday (166,493).

The state currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,803,901 total tests reported as of Tuesday, up 4,939 from 1,798,962 total tests Monday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 14.7% for Dec. 20 – 26.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 62 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,247 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 4 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Dec. 22, the state reported its first Omicron variant case as a man in his 20s from Minnehaha County.

On Nov. 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old.

For COVID-19 vaccines, 67.34% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.5% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 25.7% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 611,832 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 436,544 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,545 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,958 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 241,741 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 92,425 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 73,003 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,107 have received a Janssen booster.


December 27

13 new COVID-19 deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Monday.

Monday’s update includes data from 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, to 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 23.

The death toll from COVID-19 in South Dakota is now at 2,469. The new deaths were 8 men and 5 women in the following age ranges: 30-39 (1); 50-59 (3); 60-69 (1); 70-79 (2) and 80+ (6).

There were 509 new total COVID-19 cases reported Monday, bringing the state’s total case count to 176,186, up from Thursday (175,677).

The number of active cases reported on Monday is at 7,224, up from Thursday (7,090).

Current hospitalizations are at 244, up from Thursday (237). Total hospitalizations are at 8,993, up from Thursday (8,973).

Total recovered cases are now at 166,493, up from Thursday (166,131).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,798,962 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 5,484 from 1,793,478 total tests Thursday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.2% for Dec. 17 – 23.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,243 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 4 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Dec. 22, the state reported its first Omicron variant case as a man in his 20s from Minnehaha County.

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

For COVID-19 vaccines, 67.17% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.42% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 25.4% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 608,703 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 434,980 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,464 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,883 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 241,154 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 90,868 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 72,056 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,066 have received a Janssen booster.


December 23

Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Thursday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in South Dakota is now at 2,456. The new deaths were three men and three woman in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1), 50-59 (1), 60-69 (2), 70-79 (1) and 80+ (1).

There were 428 new total COVID-19 cases reported , bringing the state’s total case count to 175,677, up from Wednesday (175,249).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 7,090, down from Wednesday (7,102).

Current hospitalizations are at 237, down from Wednesday (239). Total hospitalizations are at 8,973, up from Wednesday (8,950).

Total recovered cases are now at 166,131, up from Wednesday (165,697).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,793,478 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 4,877 from 1,788,601 total tests Wednesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.1% for Dec. 14 – 20.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,240 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 4 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Dec. 22, the state reported its first Omicron variant case as a man in his 20s from Minnehaha County.

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

For COVID-19 vaccines, 67% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.3% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 25% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 606,418 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 433,931 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,409 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,822 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 240,689 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 89,497 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 71,285 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,047 have received a Janssen booster.


December 22

There were 466 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 175,249, up from Tuesday (174,783).

The number of active cases reported on Wednesday is at 7,102, up from Tuesday (7,093).

There was one new death reported, bringing the total to 2,450. The new death was a man in the 70-79 age group.

Current hospitalizations remained at 239, while total hospitalizations are at 8,950, up from Tuesday (8,929).

Total recovered cases are now at 165,697, up from Tuesday (165,241).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,793,478 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 4,877 from 1,788,601 total tests Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.1% for Dec. 14– 20.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,223 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 4 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Wednesday, 67% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.3% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 24.85% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 604,493 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 432,837 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,378 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,750 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 240,323 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 88,525 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 70,496 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,028 have received a Janssen booster.


December 21

There were 762 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 174,783, up from Monday (174,021).

The number of active cases reported on Tuesday is at 7,093, down from Monday (7,336).

There were 11 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,449. The new deaths include four men and seven women in the following age ranges: 30-39 (1); 50-59 (2); 60-69 (4); 70-79 (2); 80+ (2). The new deaths were in the following counites: Beadle, Codington, Dewey, Fall River, Gregory, Hutchinson, Lyman, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody and Pennington.

Current hospitalizations are at 239, down from Monday (244). Total hospitalizations are at 8,929, up from Monday (8,886).

Total recovered cases are now at 165,241, up from Monday (164,247).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,788,601 total tests reported as of Tuesday, up 7,177 from 1,781,424 total tests as of Monday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.3% for Dec. 13 – 19.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,183 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Tuesday, 66.8% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.18% have completed the vaccination series. 24.4% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 602,454 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 431,227 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,311 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,675 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 239,907 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 87,521 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 69,439 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 2,004 have received a Janssen booster.

Data from Saturday and Sunday are included in Tuesday’s update.


December 20

There were 366 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Monday, bringing the state’s total case count to 174,021, up from Friday (173,655).

The number of active cases reported on Monday is at 7,336, up from Friday (7,335).

There were five new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,438. The new deaths include two men and three women in the following age ranges: 50-59 (1); 60-69 (1); 70-79 (3). Counties with new deaths include two in Lake (2); Penninton (2); Ziebach (1).

Current hospitalizations are at 244, down from Friday (254). Total hospitalizations are at 8,886, up from Friday (8,855).

Total recovered cases are now at 164,247, up from Friday (163,887).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,781,424 total tests reported as of Monday, up 4,282 from 1,777,192 total tests on Friday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.3% for Dec. 10 – 16.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 64 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,183 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring, an increase of five over the previous report. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Monday, 66.55% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 55.05% have completed the vaccination series. 23.80% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 597,618 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 428,659 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,185 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,484 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 239,086 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 84,8913 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 67,887 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,955 have received a Janssen booster.


December 17

There were 398 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday, bringing the state’s total case count to 173,655, up from Thursday (173,257).

The number of active cases reported on Friday is at 7,335, up from Thursday (7,080).

There were three new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,433. New deaths include two men and one woman in the following age ranges: 70-79 (2); 80+ (1). Deaths were reported in Fall River, Lawrence and Spink Counties.

Current hospitalizations are at 254, down from Thursday (268). Total hospitalizations are at 8,855, up from Thursday (8,831).

Total recovered cases are now at 163,887, up from Thursday (163,747).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,777,192 total tests reported as of Friday, up 4,482 from 1,772,710 total tests reported Thursday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.3% for Dec. 9 – 15.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 65 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,178 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring, an increase of 21 over the previous report. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Friday, 55.06% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 66.54% have completed the vaccination series. 23.62% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 596,344 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 428,638 of the Moderna vaccine and 35,185 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,790 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 238,846 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 84,263 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 67,282 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,936 have received a Janssen booster.


December 16

There were 513 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, bringing the state’s total case count to 173,257, up from Wednesday (172,744).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 7,080, up from Wednesday (7,065).

There were 11 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,430. There are 5 new deaths reported in the female category and 6 new deaths in the male category. New deaths were reported in the following age ranges: 40-49 (1); 50-59 (1); 60-69 (2); 70-79 (4); 80+ (3). The following counties reported new deaths on Thursday: Butte (1), Campbell (1), Clark (1), Davison (1), Fall River (2), Grant (1), Meade (1), Minnehaha (1) and Pennington (2).

Current hospitalizations are at 268, down from Wednesday (271). Total hospitalizations are at 8,831, up from Wednesday (8,801).

Total recovered cases are now at 163,747, up from Wednesday (163,260).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,772,710 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 4,998 from 1,767,712 total tests reported on Wednesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.5% for Dec. 7 – 13.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 65 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,157 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Thursday, 66.20% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.81% have completed the vaccination series. 23.13% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 594,356 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 426,050 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,986 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,123 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 238,016 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 82,666 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 65,390 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,882 have received a Janssen booster.


December 15

There were 444 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 172,744, up from Tuesday (172,300).

While the difference in the total case count reported Wednesday and Tuesday equals 444, when you add the PCR, or newly confirmed, cases (336) and antigen, or new probable, cases (112), there were 448 new cases. 

The number of active cases reported on Wednesday is at 7,065, down from Tuesday (7,151).

There were eight new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,419. The new deaths include five men and three women in the following age groups: 50-59 (2); 60-69 (3); 70-79 (1); 80+ (2). Deaths were reported in the following counties: Charles Mix (2); Minnehaha (2); Fall River (1); Harding (1); Jerauld (1); Miner (1).

Current hospitalizations are at 271, down from Tuesday (284). Total hospitalizations are at 8,801, up from Tuesday (8,773).

Total recovered cases are now at 163,260, up from Tuesday (162,738).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,767,712 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 4,312 from 1,763,400 total tests reported on Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 13.5% for Dec. 7 – 13.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 65 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,157 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring, an increase of 14 over the previous report. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Wednesday, 66.14% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.75% have completed the vaccination series. 22.92% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 592,953 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 425,072 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,926 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,123 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 238,016 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 82,666 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 65,390 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,882 have received a Janssen booster.


December 14

There were 717 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 172,300, up from Monday (171,583).

The number of active cases reported on Tuesday is at 7,151, down from Monday (7,583).

There were four new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,411. The new deaths include three women and one man in the following age ranges: 60-69 (2); 80+ (2).

Current hospitalizations are at 284, up from Monday (273). Total hospitalizations are at 8,773, up from Monday (8,713).

Total recovered cases are now at 162,738, up from Monday (161,593).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,763,400 total tests reported as of Tuesday, up 6,589 from 1,756,811 total tests reported Monday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 14.1% for Dec. 6 – 12.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 65 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,143 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring, an increase of 46 from the previous report. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Tuesday, 66.08% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.67% have completed the vaccination series. 18.97% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 590,992 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 423,933 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,822 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 168,053 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 237,440 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 81,631 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 64,508 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,828 have received a Janssen booster.

Data from Saturday and Sunday is included in the Tuesday update.


December 13

There were 335 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Monday, bringing the state’s total case count to 171,583, up from Friday (171,248).

The number of active cases reported on Monday is at 7,583, down from Friday (7,692).

There were nine new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,407. The new deaths include six men and three women in the following age ranges: 50-59 (2); 60-69 (3); 70-79 (1); 80+ (3).

Current hospitalizations are at 273, up from Friday (261). Total hospitalizations are at 8,713, up from Friday (8,689).

Total recovered cases are now at 161,593, up from Friday (161,158).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,756,811 total tests reported as of Monday, up 3,965 from 1,752,846 total tests reported Friday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 14.9% for Dec. 3 – 9.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 65 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,097 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Friday, 65.9% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.54% have completed the vaccination series. 18.57% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 587,161 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 421,877 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,664 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,896 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 236,155 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 78,875 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 62,334 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,738 have received a Janssen booster.


December 10

There were 448 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday, bringing the state’s total case count to 171,248, up from Thursday (170,800).

The number of active cases reported on Friday is at 7,692, up from Thursday (7,688).

There were six new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,398. The new deaths were five men and one woman in the following age ranges: 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+ (3). The new deaths were reported from Lawrence County, McCook County, Minnehaha County, Moody County, Turner County and Yankton County.

Current hospitalizations are at 261, down from Thursday (270). Total hospitalizations are at 8,689, up from Thursday (8,658).

Total recovered cases are now at 161,158, up from Thursday (160,720).

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The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,752,846 total tests reported as of Friday, up 4,974 from 1,747,872 total tests reported Thursday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 14.7% for Dec. 2 – 8.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 63 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,096 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Friday, 66% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.49% have completed the vaccination series. 18.38% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 585,774 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 420,925 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,614 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,799 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 235,438 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 77,710 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 60,901 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,676 have received a Janssen booster.


December 9

There were 384 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, bringing the state’s total case count to 170,800, up from Wednesday (170,416).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 7,688, down from Wednesday (7,752).

There were eight new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,392. The new deaths include six men and two woman in the following age ranges: 1 in the 50-59, 2 in the 60-69, 2 in the 70-79, 3 in the 80+.

Current hospitalizations are at 270, up from Wednesday (267). Total hospitalizations are at 8,658, up from Wednesday (8,628,).

Total recovered cases are now at 160,720, up from Wednesday (160,280).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,747,872 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 4,074 from 1,743,798 total tests reported Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 15.0% for Dec. 1 – 7.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 63 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,096 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Thursday, 65.68% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.39% have completed the vaccination series. 18.07% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 582,783 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 418,970 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,468 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,799 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 235,438 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 77,710 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 60,901 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,676 have received a Janssen booster.


December 8

There were 627 new total COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 170,416, up from Tuesday (169,789).

The number of active cases reported on Wednesday is at 7,752, up from Tuesday (7,647).

There were 9 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,384.

Current hospitalizations are at 267, up from Tuesday (250). Total hospitalizations are at 8,628, up from Tuesday (8,599).

Total recovered cases are now at 160,280, up from Tuesday (159,767).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,743,798 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 5,257 from 1,738,541 total tests reported Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 15.8% for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 63 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,096 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring. There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Wednesday, 65.54% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.33% have completed the vaccination series. 17.81% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 580,643 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 417,303 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,378 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,735 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 235,027 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 76,674 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 59,780 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,645 have received a Janssen booster.


December 7

There were 1,026 new total COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 169,789, up from Monday (168,763).

While the difference in the total case count reported Tuesday and Monday equals 1,026, when you add the PCR, or newly confirmed, cases (844) and antigen, or new probable, cases (183), there were 1,027 new cases.

The number of active cases reported on Tuesday is at 7,647, down from Monday (7,682).

There were four new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,375. The two men and two women were in the following age groups: 30-39 (1); 50-59 (1); 80+ (2). New deaths were report in the following counties: Douglas (2); Pennington (1); Todd (1).

Current hospitalizations are at 250, up from Monday (246). Total hospitalizations are at 8,599, up from Monday (8,543).

Total recovered cases are now at 159,767, up from Monday (158,710).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,738,541 total tests reported as of Tuesday, up 7,612 from 1,730,929 total tests reported on Monday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 14.9% for Nov. 29 – Dec. 5.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 63 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,096 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring, an increase of 12 from the previous report.

There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Wednesday, November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Tuesday, 65.34% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 54.19% have completed the vaccination series. 17.23% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 578,341 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 415,311 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,268 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,656 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 234,418 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 75,423 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 58,028 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,596 have received a Janssen booster.

Data from Saturday and Sunday are included in Tuesday’s update.


December 6

There were 492 new total COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, bringing the state’s total case count to 168,763, up from Friday (168,271).

The number of active cases reported on Monday is at 7,682, up from Friday (7,572).

There were 14 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,371. The new deaths include six men and eight women in the following age groups: 30-39 (1); 50-59 (4); 60-69 (2); 70-79 (2); 80+ (5). Deaths were reported in the following counties: Brookings (1); Brown (2); Buffalo (1); Codington (1); Dewey (1); Kingsbury (1); McCook (1); and Minnehaha (6).

Current hospitalizations are at 246, down from Friday (247). Total hospitalizations are at 8,543, up from Friday (8,523).

Total recovered cases are now at 158,710, up from Friday (158,342).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,730,929 total tests reported as of Monday, up 4,320 from 1,726,609 total tests on Friday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 15.2% for Nov. 26 – Dec. 2.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 60 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,084 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring.

There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

On Wednesday, November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Friday, 65.16% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.99% have completed the vaccination series. 16.72% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 573,439 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 412,843 of the Moderna vaccine and 34,096 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,537 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 232,960 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 72,990 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 56,206 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,518 have received a Janssen booster.


December 3

There were 512 new total COVID-19 cases reported on Friday, bringing the state’s total case count to 168,271, up from Thursday (167,759).

While the difference in the total case count reported Friday and Thursday equals 512, when you add the PCR, or newly confirmed, cases (395) and antigen, or new probable, cases (118), there were 513 new cases.

The number of active cases reported on Friday is at 7,572, up from Thursday (7,416).

There were two new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,357. The two new deaths reported were two men in the 50-59 and 70-79 age range from Brown and Brule Counties.

Current hospitalizations are at 247, down from Thursday (248). Total hospitalizations are at 8,523, up from Thursday (8,490).

Total recovered cases are now at 158,342, up from Thursday (157,988).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,726,609 total tests reported as of Friday, up 5,463 from 1,721,146 total tests reported on Thursday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 16.4% for Nov. 25 – Dec. 1.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 60 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,084 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring.

There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

The DOH announced changes to how it reports vaccinations on the COVID-19 dashboard as of Monday, October 14. It now includes a breakout of how many people have received booster doses. Due to data clean-up efforts, the percentages of people who’ve received one dose or completed the series have changed. Find the DOH explanation in this story.

On Wednesday, November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Friday, 65.06% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.89% have completed the vaccination series. 16.39% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 570,909 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 410,946 of the Moderna vaccine and 33,992 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,433 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 232,241 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 71,617 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 54,818 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,475 have received a Janssen booster.


December 2

There were 615 new total COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday, bringing the state’s total case count to 167,759, up from Wednesday (167,144).

The number of active cases reported on Thursday is at 7,416, up from Wednesday (7,222).

There were 6 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,355.

Current hospitalizations are at 248, down from Wednesday (249). Total hospitalizations are at 8,490, up from Wednesday (8,468).

Total recovered cases are now at 157,988, up from Wednesday (157,573).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,721,146 total tests reported as of Thursday, up 4,516 from 1,716,630 total tests reported Wednesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 16.2% for Nov. 24 – 30.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 60 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,084 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring.

There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

The DOH announced changes to how it reports vaccinations on the COVID-19 dashboard as of Monday, October 14. It now includes a breakout of how many people have received booster doses. Due to data clean-up efforts, the percentages of people who’ve received one dose or completed the series have changed. Find the DOH explanation in this story.

On Wednesday, November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Thursday, 65% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.73% have completed the vaccination series. 15.70% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 568,119 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 408,963 of the Moderna vaccine and 33,863 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,323 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 231,641 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 70,309 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 53,427 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,418 have received a Janssen booster.


December 1

There were 936 new total COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total case count to 167,144, up from Tuesday (166,208).

The number of active cases reported on Wednesday is at 7,222, up from Tuesday (6,778).

There were 15 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 2,349.

Current hospitalizations are at 249, up from Tuesday (243). Total hospitalizations are at 8,468, up from Tuesday (8,446).

Total recovered cases are now at 157,573, up from Tuesday (157,096).

The DOH currently reports total tests each day. There have been 1,716,630 total tests reported as of Wednesday, up 8,280 from 1,708,350 total tests reported on Tuesday.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 16.1% for Nov. 23 – 29.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, 60 are listed as having “high” or “substantial” community spread. “High” community spread is 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10% or greater PCR test positivity rate.

There have been 1,082 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2, AY.1-AY.25) detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring.

There have been 176 cases of the B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 3 cases of P.1. (Gamma variant) and 2 cases of the B.1.351 (Beta variant).

The DOH announced changes to how it reports vaccinations on the COVID-19 dashboard as of Monday, October 14. It now includes a breakout of how many people have received booster doses. Due to data clean-up efforts, the percentages of people who’ve received one dose or completed the series have changed. Find the DOH explanation in this story.

On Wednesday, November 24, the South Dakota Department of Health updated how it reports the percent of the population getting vaccinated. To align with the vaccine-eligible population, the Department of Health is including children who are 5-11 years old. The state says there was a decrease of 7% from the 12+ year old population.

As of Wednesday, 64.33% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.57% have completed the vaccination series. 15.1% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 563,335 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 404,887 of the Moderna vaccine and 33,642 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 167,179 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna. There have been 230,495 persons who have received two doses of Pfizer.

As for booster doses, 68,195 people have received a 3rd Pfizer shot, 50,513 have received a 3rd Moderna dose and 1,336 have received a Janssen booster.