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Number South Dakotans who have received a vaccine shot surpasses 200k

We've come a long way since the start of the pandemic.  For many, the light at the end of the...
We've come a long way since the start of the pandemic. For many, the light at the end of the tunnel was December, when South Dakota received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.(KSFY)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:27 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The South Dakota Department of Health reported 176 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the number of South Dakotans who have received a vaccine shot surpassed 200,000.

The new cases bring the state total to 114,966, 110,944 of which are considered recovered by the department of health. Active cases in the state have remained steady, decreasing by 37 from Tuesday to a total of 2,107.

Current and overall hospitalizations have also remained steady. The state reported 68 South Dakotans that are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Since the pandemic began, 6,820 South Dakotans have been hospitalized.

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, 35% of the state’s population has received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the 201,813 South Dakotans who have received a shot, 113,350 of them have received the two doses needed for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. 3,712 South Dakotans have received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

The DOH also announced starting Monday, the state will move to begin vaccinated those in Group 1E. Group 1E includes firefighters and other critical infrastructure employees. Find a full list of those eligible on doh.sd.gov.

Three new deaths were also announced Wednesday. The number of South Dakotans who have died from COVID-19 now stands at 1,915.

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