Feb. 16: South Dakota’s active COVID cases drop below 10,000
(KTIV) - COVID hospitalizations continue to decline in South Dakota, with active cases dipping below 10,000.
According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, active COVID-19 cases have dropped from 17,583 to 9,771 in the last seven days. A majority of South Dakota’s counties are reporting high community spread of the virus at this time. “High community spread” means 100 cases or greater per 100,000 or a 10 percent or greater PCR test positivity rate.
COVID hospitalizations are standing at 240 as of Feb. 15, which is down from 312 reported last week. Health officials report 10.3 percent of the state’s occupied hospital beds are due to COVID-19 while 56.9 percent are occupied by non-COVID-19 patients. This leaves 32.8 percent of the state’s hospital beds available. When it comes to South Dakota’s adult ICU beds, 20.6 percent of them are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Since last Wednesday, there have been 52 more confirmed deaths related to the virus. So far, 2,758 virus-related deaths have been confirmed in South Dakota.
Out of the 233,692 cases that have been reported in South Dakota since the beginning of the pandemic, 221,163 of them have recovered. Those case numbers do not include at-home test results, which are not reported to the state.
South Dakota officials say 1,163,576 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered with 57.87 percent of the state’s five and older population being fully vaccinated. About 31.55 percent of the state’s 16 and older population has received a booster dose.
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