MITCHELL, S.D. — Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota fell for the fifth consecutive day, while hospitalizations dropped for the fourth straight day.

The South Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, Jan. 21, reported 4,089 active cases, more than half of the number of cases on Dec. 21 (8,373) and more than four times fewer than the 16,867 active cases reported on Nov. 21. The number of people currently hospitalized sits at 185, while six new deaths were reported to bring the all-time total to 1,673.

The DOH reported 337 new cases out of 1,172 new tests, resulting in a positivity rate of 28.8%. It is the fifth consecutive day the state has recorded a positivity rate lower than 30% on new tests, which has not occurred since a seven-day stretch from Oct. 3 to 9.

Statewide, there are 38.7% of hospital beds available, with 6.7% occupied by COVID-19 patients. There are 38 people in the intensive care unit and 26 on ventilators due to COVID-19.

More than 10,000 South Dakotans have now been inoculated, as 11,285 people have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thus far, 51,080 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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