231 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths reported in South Dakota Thursday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -The South Dakota Department of Health reported 231 new COVID-19 cases in the state as 44% of South Dakotans have received a vaccine shot.
The new cases bring the state total case count to 117,989, 113,564 of which are considered recovered by the department of health. Active cases decreased from Wednesday but remain above 2,000. The department of health considers 2,487 cases to be currently active.
The state reported a slight decrease in current hospitalizations but an increase in overall hospitalizations. Currently, 98 South Dakotans are hospitalized. Overall, 7,021 South Dakotans have ever been hospitalized due to the virus.
The state also reported three new deaths. The coronavirus has claimed 1,938 lives in South Dakota.
As South Dakota prepares to open vaccination up to those over 16 next week, 44% of the population so far has received a shot. Of the 257,886 South Daktons who have received a shot, 162,118 have received both shots needed for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. According to the department of health, 8,566 South Dakotans have received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
South Dakota health officials said the state is moving into Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, meaning all anyone 16 years and older is able to get vaccinated.
That group includes younger people, who may not be of high risk, but are of high importance to be vaccinated.
Previously, state health officials were anticipating beginning Phase 2 by May 1. Due to federal allocation, vaccinations can begin sooner, South Dakota Department of Health Communications Director Daniel Bucheli said.
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