SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The number of active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota has dropped below 7,000 for the first time in nearly a month, according to the South Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The slowing active case count count means recoveries are outpacing newly reported cases — a promising trend indicating the most recent surge has peaked, at least for now. The active COVID-19 case count has dropped more than 1,000 cases since the recent high of 7,927 on Sept. 20.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, which have been hovering around 200 people statewide, rose to 220 Tuesday. A new COVID-19 fatality was reported, raising the state's death toll to 2,161.

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 Tuesday. 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): 526,045 people, 59.5% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 458,969 people, 51.9% of state's population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage tracking 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: 755 (seven-day daily average: 525)
  • TOTAL CASES: 146,594
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 137,544

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 34 (seven-day daily average: 28)




  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,161

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