COVID-19 in South Dakota: Hospitalizations, active cases down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The COVID-19 death toll has gone up by six in South Dakota from the previous week.

According to Wednesday’s update to the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, 2,979 people have died during the pandemic, up from 2,973 the previous week.  The new deaths include four women and two men in the following age ranges: 50-59 (1); 70-79 (1); 80+ (4). The new deaths were in the following counties: Bon Homme (1), Hughes (1), Lawrence (1), Minnehaha (1), Pennington (2),

Active cases are now at 4,210, down from the previous report (4,308).

As of August 17, 59 of South Dakota’s 66 counties 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 are now 94 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from last week (102). Throughout the pandemic, there have been 11,456 total people who have been hospitalized.

There were 1,438 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported.

The state’s total case count is now at 254,670, up from last week (253,232). That total does not include at-home positive results as those are not required to be reported to the state.

The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate for the state is 24.3% for August 9 – 15.

The number of recovered cases is at 247,481.

The number of Omicron cases detected in South Dakota through sentinel monitoring is now at 1,367. The state is also reporting 143 Omicron BA.2 cases.

There have been 1,720 Delta variant cases (B.1.617.2 and AY lineages) is 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).

For COVID-19 vaccines, 75% the population 5-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 60% have completed the vaccination series. For booster doses, 34% of those eligible have completed their booster dose.

There have been 740,458 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 508,932 of the Moderna vaccine and 38,316 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 1,287,706 total doses administered in South Dakota with 532,592 total persons receiving the vaccine.