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More South Dakotans hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any point since December 2020

The number of active cases slightly fell from an all-time high on Tuesday, says DOH

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PIERRE, S.D. — The dramatic cresting of COVID-19 infections across South Dakota has eased ever-so-slightly, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday, Jan. 25, cutting just under 100 individuals off a previous, record-breaking high.

Still, active cases remain the second-highest ever since the coronavirus reached the Rushmore State in the late winter of 2020, with over 36,000 South Dakotans infected.

Three more South Dakotans also died with COVID-19, according to the latest DOH report. Moreover, the 423 South Dakotans hospitalized marks the highest number since mid-December 2020.

More than a third of South Dakotans (37%) have been boosted against the virus.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Tuesday. All data are the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.



  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 649,629 people, 73.4% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 518,083 people, 58.6% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 196,576 people, 37.9% of state's vaccinated population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage posted on its online dashboard, because the department's data indicates percentage of state population age 5 and older, not the state's total population. The CDC hadn't updated South Dakota vaccination data from from the previous day by deadline.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 2,829 (seven-day daily average: 3,285)
  • TOTAL CASES: 221,372
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 182,608

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 93 (seven-day daily average: 64)
Christopher Vondracek covers South Dakota news for Forum News Service. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @ChrisVondracek.
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