SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota fell while active cases rose, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Hospitalizations slipped to 226 on Wednesday, down 10 from the previous day. There have been more than 200 hospitalizations in the state for all but one day this month. Active cases rose 76 from the previous day, rising again after a single-day decline Thursday. Active cases are 2,679 higher since the start of them month, indicating an ongoing surge as newly reported cases outpace recoveries.

One COVID-19 fatality was reported Wednesday, raising the state's virus death toll to 2,109.

Vaccination data remained unchanged since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hadn't provided its daily update by Forum News Service's Wednesday deadline.

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.

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Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 516,414 people, 58.4% of state's population

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 450,780 people, 51% of state's population

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 604 (seven-day daily average: 596)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,714
  • TOTAL CASES: 141,745
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 131,922

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 31 (seven-day daily average: 45)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 226

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,244

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 1

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,109

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