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Active cases, hospitalizations continue downward trend in South Dakota

The two Avera employees we’re feating in this story have very different duties, yet both are...
The two Avera employees we’re feating in this story have very different duties, yet both are important. Bonnie Noi Heuan works in food services and Jennifer Miller is at the COVID testing center. Both share a common concern about coming into contact with COVID-19(Dakota news now)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The South Dakota Department of Health reported 78 new COVID-19 cases as active cases and hospitalizations continue a downward trend Friday

The new cases bring the state’s total case count to 123,233, 120,002 of which are considered by the department of health. Active cases continue a downward trend in the state. Active cases decreased by more than 50 to 1,251, the department of health reported Friday.

The South Dakota Department of Health also reported a decrease in current hospitalizations. Current hospitalizations fell below 100 for the first time in weeks on Thursday Currently, 77 South Dakotans are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Overall, 7,453 South Dakotans have ever been hospitalized throughout the pandemic.

Officials say 55.5% of South Dakotans over the age of 16 have received at least one vaccine dose, while 48.9% are fully vaccinated. This data includes vaccines administered by federal agencies like the IHS and VA. The state has administered a total of 608,540 vaccine doses.

The state reported three new deaths on Friday. The state’s death toll now stands at 1,980.

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