SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Six South Dakotans have died due with COVID-19, even as the state's active case count continues to fall, according to the South Dakota Department of Health, Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The six new fatalities raises the state's COVID-19 death toll to 2,167, with 25 reported so far just in October. Yet tracking of new cases and recoveries in the state continue to show an encouraging downward trend.

Actives COVID-19 cases in the state dropped to 6,735, about 1,000 cases lower than just two weeks ago. The active case count measures reported new cases against new recoveries, and a lower number indicates the virus is no longer surging in the state, although the state's high test positivity rate indicates there are likely many cases that are going untested and unreported.

COVID-19 hospitalizations remained relatively stable at 221 on Wednesday. Hospitalizations have hovered around 200 since the end of August.

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. 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): 527,226 people, 59.6% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 459,518 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: 401 (seven-day daily average: 507)
  • TOTAL CASES: 146,995
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 138,093

Hospitalizations, deaths

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




  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,167

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