SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Eight additional South Dakotans have died with COVID-19 while active cases have dropped, the South Dakota Department of Health reported Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The newly reported fatalities raise the toll of South Dakotans who have died with COVID-19 to 2,228. Active cases dropped about 4% to 7,704 -- a more significant drop than the recent daily average. A downward trend indicates the latest COVID-19 surge is subsiding, although South Dakota's chronically high test positive rate means many of those sick with COVID-19 are going untested and unreported.

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.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 541,126 people, 61.2% of state's population*

  • FULLY VACCINATED: 462,096 people, 52.2% of state's population

  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 36,818 people, 8% of state's population

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*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: 718 (seven-day daily average: 450)*
  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 5,392
  • TOTAL CASES: 153,321
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 145,701

*Note: Cases reported on Tuesday include those collected by the Department of Health from the previous weekend, Saturday and Sunday

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 28 (seven-day daily average: 17)

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 193

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 7,785

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED AMONG CASES: 8

  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,228

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