SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota have plummeted to nearly a six-week low, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday, Oct. 13, a key sign of a weakening virus surge.

The number of active cases dropped 450 to 6,089, the lowest count since Sept. 3. The active case count measures newly reported cases against new recoveries.

State health officials reported 1,088 new cases although the unusually high case count may be from those reported over the weekend and reported on Wednesday due to the Indigenous Peoples' Day holiday. However, the state's chronically high test positivity rate indicates there are likely many cases that are going untested and unreported.

Still, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain steady at over 200 in the state, with 81 new admissions since Friday. The number of fatalities with COVID-19 in the state remained at 2,177.

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.

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Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 531,828 people, 60.1% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 462,598 people, 52.3% of state's 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 12 and older, not the state's total population.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,088 (seven-day daily average: 759)
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 6,089
  • TOTAL CASES: 149,337
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 141,071

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 57 (seven-day daily average: 21)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 207

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,629

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 0

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,177

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