SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota is the highest it's been since early February, but hospitalizations are at lows not seen since before the fall/winter surge, in August.

Following are the South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Friday, March 19. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 315 (seven-day daily average: 167)
  • TOTAL ACTIVE CASES: 2,240
  • TOTAL CASES: 115,518
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 111,359

  • DAILY TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 7.1%

Hospitalizations, deaths

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  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 6

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 68

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 6,836

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED:

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,919

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (if 2-dose vaccine): 205,753; total: 36% of population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 127,912; total: 22% of population

*(Vaccine dose count based on state distribution. Population percentage includes vaccines given to South Dakota residents through federal programs, including IHS and VA)

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