SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There are now more than 7,000 South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are still considered ill with the virus, and two South Dakotans have died with COVID-19 according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The number of active cases, a rough measure of the surge, has been steadily rising for nearly a month after slipping to about 5,400 cases. Active cases measure new positive tests versus newly recovered cases. But the state's chronically high test positivity rate indicates there are likely many cases that are going untested and unreported.

State health officials also reported two South Dakotans have died with COVID-19, raising the toll of state residents who have died with the virus to 2,320, with 85 reported in November so far.

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 Wednesday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

Note: There will be no data updates Thanksgiving, or on Friday, according to the Department of Health.

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Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 586,804 people, 66.3% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 480,731 people, 54.3% of state's population

  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 107,822 people, 22.4% 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: 571 (seven-day daily average: 562)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 7,080
  • TOTAL CASES: 164,292
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 154,892

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 26 (seven-day daily average: 26)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 231

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 8,339

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 2

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,320

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