State surpasses 35,000 active COVID cases


Beadle reports 51st death

HURON — The Friday release from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) continued to push the state’s active COVID-19 caseload to new levels, as each day continues to establish a new single-day high mark.

The state added 2,183 new positive cases, 19 new deaths, and 1,054 new recovered cases. Active cases in the state jumped more than 1,000 to 35,196.

The state crossed 20,000 active cases for the first time on Jan. 11, and the active cases in the state has jumped by at least 1,000 in every reporting day since, with each day a new single-day high for active cases in the state.

Beadle County added 22 new positive cases, one new death, and 14 new recovered cases. The active cases in the county bumped up to 448.

Beadle has now recorded 51 COVID-related fatalities.

The Heartland Region added 64 new positive cases, one new death, and 38 new recovered cases. Active virus cases in the seven-county region jumped to 978.

Vaccinations bumped up for first-time recipients statewide for the first time in many weeks over the last week, but the rate of vaccination was steady in Beadle County.

The state reports 1,127,756 doses of vaccine have been administered in the state to 505,142 persons, with 451,645 of those recipients considered fully vaccinated.

Of those in the state who are vaccine-eligible, 69.2% have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 56.6% are now fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated represent 50.9% of the entire state’s population.

Beadle County reported 22,770 doses of vaccine administered to 9,995 residents, with 9,200 of those now fully vaccinated.

By percentage, 56.5% of those who are vaccine-eligible have now received at least one dose of vaccine while 52% of those who are eligible are now fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated in Beadle represent 48% of the entire county’s population.

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