SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Seven new South Dakotans have died with COVID-19, according to data released on Thursday, October 21 from the South Dakota Department of Health, as the decline from an early fall surge seems to have stalled.

With 11 new hospitalizations, 202 South Dakotans are now hospitalized with the virus, though recoveries once again outpaced new infections, as the active case count dipped by 27 individuals to 5,696 persons statewide.

South Dakotans have increasingly sought to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In the last month, about 15,000 people have gotten an initial vaccine shot, while over 2,000 people have received two shots against the virus.

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.

Vaccinations

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  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 537,636 people, 60.8% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 459,886 people, 52% of state's 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 12 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 417 (seven-day daily average: 540)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 5,696
  • TOTAL CASES: 144,061
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 144,061

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 11 (seven-day daily average: 23)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 202

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7740

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 9

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,214

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