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Despite resurgent COVID-19 in South Dakota, vaccinations inch up slowly

South Dakota vaccination rates continue to lag the national average. While nearly 60% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, only about 55% of South Dakotans have gotten their jabs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's only about 43,000 people since the state passed the halfway mark in early September.

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A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The COVID-19 surge in South Dakota appears on track to exceed the recent late September high, but despite the spreading virus, vaccination rates in the state continue to only inch up, according to the federal and state health officials.

State health officials on Friday, Dec. 3, reported active cases of the virus rose again, climbing to 7,572 or the highest active case count since Sept. 28. They also reported two South Dakotans had died with COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 2,357 — with 23 deaths reported in December so far.

But vaccination rates continue to lag the national average. While nearly 60% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, only about 55% of South Dakotans have gotten their jabs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's only about 43,000 people since the state passed the halfway mark in early September.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the CDC as of Friday. 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): 595,733 people, 67.3% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 485,472 people, 54.9% of state's population

  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 119,170 people, 24.5% of state's vaccinated population

A growing number of South Dakotans have gotten their initial vaccine dose in recent weeks, as vaccinations were opened to those age 5 and older and the holidays loomed, although the state still lags the national first dose uptake of 71% of the population. About 43,000 South Dakotans have gotten their first vaccine dose just in the last month, adding toward a total of 67.3% of the state's total population that has gotten at least one vaccine dose.
*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.

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Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 512 (seven-day daily average: 867)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,572
  • TOTAL CASES: 168,271
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 158,342

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 33 (seven-day daily average: 38)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 247

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 8,523

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 2

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,357

Of those 247 hospitalized, 57 are in intensive care and 31 are on ventilators.
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