Beadle tallies 51 cases over one week


Second-highest weekly total of year

HURON — The state began seeing booster shots alter the percentage of those who are fully vaccinated statewide, according to numbers reported by the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), while Beadle County reported the second-most new positive cases for a single week in 2021.

Friday’s DOH report indicated that the state added 337 new positive cases, four new deaths, and 366 new recovered cases. The active case total in the state dropped slightly, to 5,663.

Beadle County added five new positive cases and five new recovered cases, leaving active cases at 81 in the county.

The five new positive cases brought Beadle’s tally for the week to 51 new positive cases reported. It is only the second week in 2021 that more than 50 new positive cases were reported, behind only March 1-7, which totaled 59.

The Heartland Region added nine new positive cases and nine new recovered cases, leaving active cases in the Heartland at 170.

Vaccination percentages moved notably for the second week due to the presence of booster shots.

The state reported 867,103 total vaccinations have been administered to 443,947 persons. Of those, 373,924 are considered fully vaccinated and 39,383 have received a third dose booster shot.

By percentage, the state has now noted 66.3% of the state’s eligible population with at least one shot and 57.3% of those who are eligible that are now considered fully vaccinated. Those with the series complete comprise 42.2% of the entire population, a slight decrease overall.

Beadle County saw increases across the board, now reporting 17,254 total shots administered to 9,074 county residents, 8,238 of whom are considered fully vaccinated. The county has noted 328 third doses administered.

Those numbers bump the percentages in Beadle to 60.5% of eligible residents that have received at least one shot, 57.1% of eligible residents who are now considered fully vaccinated, and 43% of the entire Beadle population that are considered fully vaccinated.

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