SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota health officials reported 15 South Dakotans had died with COVID-19, raising the state's death toll to 2,160, Monday, Oct. 4.

Monday's single-day reported death total was the highest seen in South Dakota since late January. The South Dakota Department of Health has reported 18 deaths in October so far. With 73 fatalities, September was the state's deadliest COVID-19 month since February.

The state's count of active COVID-19 cases continues to fall, standing at 7,215 on Monday, down about 700 cases since mid-September, indicating recoveries continue to outpace newly reported cases. However, South Dakota chronically high test positivity rate indicates there are likely many cases in the state going untested and unreported.

The count of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state, at 201 on Monday, continues to hover around 200 since early September.

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

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  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 525,919 people, 59.4% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 458,902 people, 51.9% of state's population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage tracking, 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: 365 (seven-day daily average: 431)
  • TOTAL CASES: 145,839
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 136,464

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 18 (seven-day daily average: 28)




  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,160

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