State shows 45% of population fully vaccinated


HURON — With the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine approved for use again within the state, vaccinations will be going up at a higher rate going forward, but the state did cross another threshold this week as 45% of the state is now fully vaccinated by completing a two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series or a one-shot Johnson & Johnson series.

The state has reported 582,065 total doses administered to 326,860 people within the state. That translates to just short of 55% of residents with at least one dose of the vaccine. Of those, 271,565, or 45% have completed their vaccine series.

Over Wednesday and Thursday, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) reported 304 new positive cases statewide along with one new death and 346 recovered cases. That lowered the active cases in the state to 1,722.

Beadle County reported its 20,000th test to the state on Wednesday, and over the two-day period, the county noted three new positive cases and two new recovered cases. Active cases in the county went up by one, to 28.

The Heartland Region added 11 new positive cases among the seven counties over the two days and recorded 12 new recovered cases. Active virus cases in the Heartland are currently at 65.

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