State crosses 50% vaccinated mark ... again


HURON — When youth aged 12 to 15 were added to those who could be immunized from COVID-19, the percentage of the state that was eligible for COVID-19 vaccination dropped from over 50% to a few percentage points under that mark. It took a few weeks, but this week, the state crossed that mark again.

The most recent numbers from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) notes 55.6% of the state that is eligible has now received one dose of vaccine, with 50.6% of eligible recipients now fully vaccinated. In raw numbers, 668,375 doses of vaccine have been administered to 358,478 persons, per the DOH, with 331,072 of those persons now fully vaccinated.

Beadle County’s numbers continue to climb slowly, as 141 new doses of vaccine were administered over the last week. Doses were administered to 66 new recipients over the last week in the county, with 91 people completing the vaccine series, bringing the county’s overall total of fully vaccinated persons to 6,952.

Over Wednesday and Thursday, the state added 33 new positive cases, three new deaths, and 29 new recovered cases. Active cases in the state rose by one, to 230.

Beadle County added zero new positive nor recovered cases over the two-day period, with active cases remaining at six in the county.

The Heartland Region saw one new positive case in Spink County with no new recovered cases, bringing the active cases up to 10 in the seven-county region.

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