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South Dakota's first COVID death of a child, 336 hospitalized

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South Dakota has suffered its first COVID-19-related death of a child.

The state Health Department reports one of six new deaths is a child younger than 10. The state’s pandemic death toll now stands at 2,534.

There are 22,743 active COVID-19 cases in the state. That number has roughly tripled during the past three weeks.

There are 336 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up 59 since last week.

Additionally, the number of weekly reported cases more than doubled in South Dakota’s K-12 schools and universities, with hundreds of students and staff infected.

Meanwhile, the portion of eligible South Dakotans who are fully vaccinated remains at 56 percent. Hospitals report that most of their COVID-19 patients are not vaccinated.

Information on free vaccines is available at vaccines.gov.

Note: The data presented is from the previous day — Tuesday updates include data from over the weekend (Saturday 1 pm CT - Monday 1 pm CT)

  • State’s death toll: 2,534 (+6 from the previous report)
    • Note: 'Death toll' indicates the number of deaths among people with COVID, but COVID may not have been the sole cause of death.
    • Deaths verifiably caused by COVID: 2,234 (updated weekly)
  • Active cases: 22,743 (+2,268)
  • Eligible South Dakotans fully vaccinated: 56.26%
  • Currently hospitalized: 336 (+21)
    • Note: Currently Hospitalized numbers include COVID-19 cases and people that are in the hospital under transmission-based precautions. The number may include out-of-state cases and people.
  • Advice from the CDC is to get vaccinated, and mask-up indoors if you live in a place with high or substantial coronavirus transmission. That’s everywhere in South Dakota.