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South Dakota's COVID-19 surge at its deadliest since January

Of reported fatalities in South Dakota, 72 were listed in the last two weeks alone, which includes death certificates reported to the state Department of Health over the Thanksgiving holiday. That's the highest two-week total since the last two weeks in January.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota's COVID-19 surge is connected to more deaths over the last two weeks than at any point since late January, according to the analysis of data reported by South Dakota Department of Health, Thursday, Dec. 9.

Eight South Dakotans with COVID-19 have died, state health officials reported Thursday, raising the death toll to 2,392.

Of reported fatalities, 72 were listed in the last two weeks alone, which includes death certificates reported to the state Department of Health over the Thanksgiving holiday. That's the highest two-week total since the last two weeks in January.

Several other key measures of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state indicate the virus continues its months-long surge. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 rose to 270, state health officials reported Thursday, the most reported since Jan. 5. There are 76 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, while 41 are on ventilators.

And while active cases dropped slightly, falling 64 to 7,688 from the previous day, they've steadily risen since late October.

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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 Thursday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials. While active cases dropped slightly, falling 64 to 7,688 from the previous day, they've steadily risen since late October.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 603,907 people, 68.3% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 490,780 people, 55.5% of state's population

  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 133,463 people, 27.2% 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.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 384 (seven-day daily average: 664)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,688
  • TOTAL CASES: 170,800
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 160,720

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 30 (seven-day daily average: 35)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 270

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 8,658

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 8

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,392

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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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