COVID-19 in South Dakota: July 2021 updates

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

This story includes the new case information reported in July 2021.

Review the latest COVID-19 data from South Dakota and surrounding states online 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, KELOLAND News will provide the latest updates from federal, state and local officials.

Below the July updates, find links to reports for previous months in 2021.


Wednesday, July 28

Active COVID-19 cases increased by 144 in Wednesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

This is the fourth of the weekly updates from the Department of Health. The updates will be posted on Wednesdays by 12 p.m. and will include cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases are now at 434, up from last Wednesday (290).

The death toll from COVID-19 is now at 2,043; that’s an increase of two from the update last week (2,041). The new deaths were two women, one in the 30-39 year age group and the other in the 80+ age group. Butte and Bon Homme Counties each reported new deaths this week.

There were 268 new total cases reported on Wednesday; there were 198 new total cases reported the week before. The state’s total case count is now at 125,216, up from July 21 (124,948).

Current hospitalizations from the coronavirus are at 33, compared to last Wednesday (38).

Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,508. Total recovered cases are now at 122,739, up from last Wednesday (122,617).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 371,810, up from last Wednesday (369,649).

There were 2,429 new persons tested in the past seven days for a weekly new persons-tested positivity rate of 11%. There were 2,188 new persons tested during the previous week. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 5.9% (July 20 through July 26).

There are now 13 counties listed as having “moderate” community spread; just eight counties met that criteria last week. Minnehaha County has the highest active case count at 135, an increase of 61 over last week. Pennington County has 87 active cases, which is up 22 since last week. Other counties listed with “moderate” spread are Lincoln, Union, Dewey, Brookings, Deuel, Oglala Lakota, Brown, Roberts, Davison, Meade and Lawrence. The state defines moderate community spread as 10-100 cases per 100,000 OR a minimum of four cases.

There was no change in the variant cases reported in South Dakota, according to the DOH tables. There have been 13 cases of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) detected in South Dakota.

There’s been 171 cases of the B.1.1.7 (alpha variant), 15 cases of B.1.429 (epsilon variant) and three cases of P.1. (gamma variant), two cases of the B.1.351 (beta variant) and one case of B.1.427 (epsilon variant).

As of Wednesday, 58.4% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.89% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 385,182 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 300,811 of the Moderna vaccine and 24,040 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 145,779 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 185,331 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


Wednesday, July 21

Active COVID-19 cases increased by 82 in Wednesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

There are now eight counties listed as having “moderate” community spread. Minnehaha County has the highest active case count at 74, while Pennington County has 65 active cases. Other counties listed with “moderate” spread are Lincoln, Charles Mix, Dewey, Butte, Meade and Lawrence.

This is the third of the weekly updates from the Department of Health. The updates will be posted on Wednesdays by 12 p.m. and will include cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases are now at 290, up from last Wednesday (208).

The death toll from COVID-19 is now at 2,041; that’s an increase of one from the update last week (2,040). The new death was a man in the 60-69 age group.

There were 198 new total cases reported on Wednesday; there were 109 new total cases reported the week before. The state’s total case count is now at 124,948, up from July 14 (124,750).

Current hospitalizations from the coronavirus are at 38, compared to last Wednesday (20).

Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,498. Total recovered cases are now at 122,617, up from last Wednesday (122,502).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 369,649, up from last Wednesday (367,659).

There were 2,188 new persons tested in the past seven days for a weekly new persons-tested positivity rate of 9.0%. There were 1,782 new persons tested during the previous week. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 4.4% (July 13 through July 19).

There was one more case of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) confirmed in South Dakota in the past week.

There’s been 171 cases of the B.1.1.7 (alpha variant), 15 cases of B.1.429 (epsilon variant) and three cases of P.1. (gamma variant), two cases of the B.1.351 (beta variant) and one case of B.1.427 (epsilon variant).

As of Wednesday, 57.85% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.58% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 380,989 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 299,570 of the Moderna vaccine and 23,570 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 145,370 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 183,862 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


Wednesday, July 14

Eight more cases of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) were confirmed in South Dakota as active COVID-19 cases increased in Wednesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

This is the second of the weekly updates from the Department of Health. The updates will be posted on Wednesdays by 12 p.m. and will include cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases are now at 208, up from last Wednesday (178).

The death toll from COVID-19 is now at 2,040. There was one new death from the last update, which was on July 7.

On Wednesday, two deaths from the 80+ age range (1,086 on July 7 and 1,084 on July 14) were removed, while two deaths were added to the 70-79 age range (474 on July 7 and 476 on July 14.) The state also added one new death to the 60-69 age range range. Two deaths were added to the male category and one death was removed in the female category.

There were 109 new total cases reported on Wednesday. The state’s total case count is now at 124,750, up from July 7 (124,641).

Current hospitalizations from the coronavirus are at 20, compared to last Wednesday (27).

Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,487. Total recovered cases are now at 122,502, up from last Wednesday (122,424).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 367,659, up from last Wednesday (365,986).

There were 1,782 new persons tested in the past seven days for a weekly new persons-tested positivity rate of 6.5%. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 3.3% (July 6 through July 14).

For other variants, there’s been 171 cases of the B.1.1.7 (alpha variant), 15 cases of B.1.429 (epsilon variant) and three cases of P.1. (gamma variant), two cases of the B.1.351 (beta variant) and one case of B.1.427 (epsilon variant).

As of Wednesday, 57.33% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 53.25% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 377,291 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 298,341 of the Moderna vaccine and 23,330 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 144,836 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 182,223 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


Wednesday, July 7

Two more cases of the delta variant (B.1.617.2) were confirmed in South Dakota as active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations also slightly increased in Wednesday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

This is the first of the weekly updates from the Department of Health. The updates will be posted on Wednesdays by 12 p.m. and will include cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The death toll from COVID-19 is now at 2,039. There was one new death from the last update (July 2) and four deaths in the past seven days (June 30). The new death was a man in the 30-39 age group.

There were 59 new total cases reported on Wednesday. The state’s total case count is now at 124,641, up from July 2 (124,582). There’s been 105 new cases in the last seven days. There were 68 new cases from June 30 to June 23.

Brown County, Roberts County and Pennington County are listed as having “moderate” community spread. No county is listed as having “substantial” community spread.

Active cases are now at 178, up from Friday (167). In the last seven days, active cases increased by 30 from 148 (June 30) to 178.

Current hospitalizations from the virus are at 27, compared to Friday (25) and up eight from a week ago (19).

Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,749. Total recovered cases are now at 122,424, up from Friday (122,377).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 365,986, up from Friday (364,859) and up from a week ago (364,146).

There were 1,945 new persons tested in the past seven days for a weekly new persons-tested positivity rate of 5.3%. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 3.4% (June 29 through July 5).

The state reported its first case of the delta, or B.1.617.2, variant last week. There were two new cases of the delta variant reported in South Dakota as of Wednesday, bringing the total to three.

For other variants, there’s been 169 cases of the B.1.1.7 (alpha variant), 15 cases of B.1.429 (epsilon variant) and three cases of P.1. (gamma variant), two cases of the B.1.351 (beta variant) and one case of B.1.427 (epsilon variant).

As of Wednesday, 57.14% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 52.93% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 374,343 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 297,280 of the Moderna vaccine and 23,017 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 144,353 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 180,649 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


Friday, July 2

Active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are up slightly in Friday’s update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

On Friday, the South Dakota Department of Health announced it will switch to weekly updates on July 5. The updates will be posted on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and will include cases reported by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

There were 25 new total cases reported. The state’s total case count is now at 124,582, up from Thursday (124,561).

Active cases are now at 167, up from Thursday (156).  

Current hospitalizations from the virus are at 25, compared to Thursday (124,561). Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,793.

Total recovered cases are now at 122,377, up from Thursday (122,367).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 364,859, up from Thursday (364,491).

There were 389 new persons tested in the data reported Friday for a new persons-tested positivity rate of 5.39%. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 2.9%. The latest one-day PCR test positivity rate is 2.7%. 

The state reported its first case of the Delta, or B.1.617.2, variant on Wednesday. There’s been 169 cases of the B.1.1.7, 15 cases of B.1.429 and 3 cases of P.1., 2 cases of the B.1.351 variant and one case of B.1.427.

As of Friday, 56.96% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 52.72% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 372,305 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 296,846 of the Moderna vaccine and 22,8 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 144,101 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 179,520 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


Thursday, July 1

Additional deaths were reported in the latest COVID-19 update from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The COVID-19 death toll in South Dakota is now at 2,038. The three new deaths were men in the following age ranges: 30-39 (1) and 70-79 (2).

There were 25 new total cases reported. The state’s total case count is now at 124,561, up from Wednesday (124,536).

Active cases are now at 156, up from Wednesday (148).  

Current hospitalizations from the virus are at 22, compared to Wednesday (19). Total hospitalizations throughout the pandemic are now at 6,819.

Total recovered cases are now at 122,367, up from Wednesday (122,353).

Total persons who tested negative is now at 364,491, up from Wednesday (364,146).

There were 613 new persons tested in the data reported Thursday for a new persons-tested positivity rate of 4.0%. The latest seven-day PCR test positivity rate reported by the DOH is 2.5%. The latest one-day PCR test positivity rate is 2.9%. 

The state reported its first case of the Delta, or B.1.617.2, variant on Wednesday. There’s been 169 cases of the B.1.1.7, 15 cases of B.1.429 and 3 cases of P.1., 2 cases of the B.1.351 variant and one case of B.1.427.

As of Thursday, 56.8% of the population 12-years-old and above has received at least one dose while 52.65% have completed the vaccination series.

There’s been 371,503 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered, 296,615 of the Moderna vaccine and 22,752 doses of the Janssen vaccine.

There have been 144,009 persons who have completed two doses of Moderna and 179,185 who have received two doses of Pfizer.


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