It’s two years to the date when state health officials reported the first case of COVID-19 in South Dakota. Local healthcare systems are hopeful that the continuing drop in new and active cases is a sign that the pandemic is finally winding down.
South Dakota health officials reported five additional COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, though the number of people currently hospitalized with the disease in the state fell to its lowest point in nearly six months.
The rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant is placing a strain on monoclonal antibody infusion treatments for eligible patients, and health systems are having to prioritize those who need it the most.
Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in South Dakota, as the Omicron variant continues to spread. It’s again putting strain on healthcare systems and medical professionals as they try and keep hospital bed space available for those who need it.
The South Dakota Department of Health reported a record-high COVID-19 daily case count Tuesday, though officials say the number is inflated due in part to reporting issues and the extended holiday weekend.