There are less than 2,000 reported active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota for the first time since August.

The Department of Health reported 1,997 active cases Saturday, the lowest total since Aug. 26. There were 171 new cases reported, with 21.6% of 793 new tests returning positive. Six new deaths were reported to bring the pandemic total to 1,859.

Ninety-five people are currently hospitalized statewide, a single-day increase of five. Across the state, 43.5% of hospital beds are available, with 3.4% occupied by COVID-19 patients. Seventeen people are in the intensive care unit and nine people are on ventilators.

Seventeen percent of South Dakotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 patient and 8.8% have been completely vaccinated. So far, 119,896 people have received one dose, while 60,400 have received a complete series.

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