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9 new South Dakota COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations climb

The number of active cases in South Dakota has held relatively steady at about 7,700 this week, indicating the number of new cases are equaling recoveries — a rough measure of the surge. Still, new COVID-19 hospitalizations remain steady at about 30 a day, and there are an increasing number of newly reported fatalities.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Nine more South Dakotans have died due to COVID-19, while hospitals continue to fill up, according to the South Dakota Department of Health, Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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 Wednesday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 603,399 people, 68.20% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 490,572 people, 55.50% of state's 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 12 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 627 (seven-day daily average: 661)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,752
  • TOTAL CASES: 174,416
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 160,280

Active infections in the state now exceed the rate on all but a few days this year. The number of hospitalized South Dakotans is also the highest tally since Jan. 5, prior to when most South Dakotans were eligible for the vaccine.
For the fifth time this month, new infections also outpaced new recoveries.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 29 (seven-day daily average: 33)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 267

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 8,628

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 9

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,384

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Jeremy Fugleberg is an editor who manages coverage of health (NewsMD), history and true crime (The Vault) for Forum News Service, the regional wire service of Forum Communications Co, and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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