South Dakota reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths Friday

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 1:06 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The South Dakota Department of Health reported 28 new deaths among people with COVID-19 on Friday.

Earlier this week the South Dakota Department of Health changed how it reported COVID-19 deaths in the state.

The 28 new deaths among people with COVID-19 bring the total to 1,329. That number reflects people who died with COVID-19 but where the virus may not have been the cause of death listed on the death certificate.

There have been 1,159 deaths caused by COVID-19. That number comes from death certificates where COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death and is only updated once per week on Mondays.

The South Dakota Department of Health also reported 575 new cases on Friday. The new cases bring the state total to 93,772, 83,670 of which have recovered. Active cases continue to see a decrease in the state. The Department of Health reported 8,773 active cases on Friday.

Current hospitalizations have also seen a decrease from Thursday. Currently, 387 South Dakotans are hospitalized due to the virus. Overall, 5,348 South Dakotans have ever been hospitalized.

The state also now includes the number of people who have received the Pfizer vaccine so far. As of 11:30 am Friday 3,479 people have received the first dose of the vaccine, an increase of 2,373 from Thursday.

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