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2nd South Dakota child dies with COVID-19

A child under the age of 10 died with COVID-19, the second child fatality reported in the past week and only the second since the pandemic began, raising the state's death toll to 2,560, state health officials reported.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A second South Dakota child has died with COVID-19 as the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state urged to a new all-time high, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The death of the child under age 10 is the second child fatality reported in the past week, and only the second in South Dakota since the pandemic began. The state's death toll now is 2,560, state health officials reported. The active cases, which compared new positive cases to new recoveries, climbed nearly 2,000 to 28,813 on Tuesday.

The day's reported hospitalizations slipped slightly from their highest point since December 2020, falling one to 348 people in South Dakota hospitals with COVID-19.

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 Tuesday. All data are 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): 640,695 people, 72.4% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 512,996 people, 58% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 189,947 people, 37% 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.

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Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 2,265 (seven-day daily average: 3,011)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 28,813
  • TOTAL CASES: 205,402
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 174,029

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 47 (seven-day daily average: 40)
  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 348
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 9,458
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 1
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,560
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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