Half of South Dakotans Have Been Vaccinated, Health Department Reports | COVID-19

Half of South Dakotans Have Been Vaccinated, Health Department Reports |  COVID-19

“The milestone would not have been possible without the help of our healthcare professionals and all responsible South Dakotans who’ve chosen to be vaccinated,” Health Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said. “I encourage young adults, especially those ages 20-29, to get vaccinated as soon as possible — and to do it for themselves, their friends and loved ones. Vaccinations is the quickest way out of this pandemic.” Recent data reported from the department of health shows a 7% increase in COVID-19 cases among those in the 20-29 age range in the past six weeks. From March 23 to April 5, 479 cases were linked to this age group totaling 19% of all identified cases, the DOH said.

On April 5, the state began phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan which included making every resident over the age of 16 eligible for the vaccine. To schedule a vaccine, residents can directly connect with a health partner serving their area using the department’s resources. On Friday, seven people died from the virus, which was the highest one-day total in more than a month. There have been 1,946 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported no additional COVID-19-related deaths and confirmed 238 new cases on Saturday. Active cases declined by 52 in Saturday’s report. The state has a total of 2,413 active cases. Of those, 92 are in Brown County and 83 are in Codington County.

Saturday update No update on the number of cases and vaccinations was available well into Sunday afternoon.

There were 11 new cases reported in Brown County Saturday for a total of 5,387. There have been 5,204 recoveries. In Codington County there were 11 new cases Saturday for a total of 4,285. There have been 4,122 recoveries. The state has also seen a total of 119,705 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

There are 39.6% of hospital beds available and 45.6% of adult intensive care unit beds available in the state. Eight of the 102 people hospitalized are on ventilators and 25 are in intensive care. As of Saturday, 493,060 doses of the vaccine have been administered to 298,820 people, according to the heath department. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose by five from Friday’s data. According to the health department, the state has 102 people in the hospital because of the virus.

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