PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota saw another significant decrease in active COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The Department of Health reported 3,428 active cases statewide, a single-day decrease of 250. In the past two days active cases have declined by 577, even with 200 new cases reported Tuesday. Of the 669 new tests, 29.9% returned positive. No new deaths were reported and the pandemic total stands at 1,705.

The number of people currently hospitalized dipped by nine to 152. Currently, 42.3% of hospital beds are available across the state, with 5.5% occupied by COVID-19 patients. There 40 people in the intensive care unit and 24 on ventilators.

South Dakota continues to be a national leader in COVID-19 vaccine distribution with 59,360 people having received at least one dose and 18,868 have been completely inoculated. South Dakota is currently No. 6 in the United States with 7,132 vaccinations per 100,000 people, with 2% of the population being fully vaccinated, according to NBC News.

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