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3 out of 4 South Dakotans now have at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

But South Dakota continue to lag behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccinations. Sixty percent of the state's population has gotten two vaccine shots, compared to 65% of the U.S. population, while 40% of South Dakotans with two shots have gotten a third booster shot, compared to 43.9% nationwide.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Three out of four South Dakotans have now gotten a COVID-19 vaccination shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, March 4, for a total of 663,519 people.

But South Dakota continue to lag behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccinations. Sixty percent of the state's population has gotten two vaccine shots, compared to 65% of the U.S. population, while 40% of South Dakotans with two shots have gotten a third booster shot, compared to 43.9% nationwide.

Public health experts recommend everyone eligible get all three shots to be best protected against a serious case of COVID-19.

The following are the state Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Friday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.

Vaccinations

  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 663,519 people, 75% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 530,612 people, 60% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 212,641 people, 40.1% of state's vaccinated population

*Note: The percentage presented here via the CDC differs from the state Department of Health percentage posted on its online dashboard, because the department's data indicates percentage of state population age 5 and older, not the state's total population.

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Statewide case count

  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 3,754 (-1,594 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL CASES: 236,276 (+489 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 229,695

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 127
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 10,580 (+19 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,827 (+25 over past 7 days)
Jeremy Fugleberg is an editor who manages coverage of health (NewsMD), history and true crime (The Vault) for Forum News Service, the regional wire service of Forum Communications Co, and is a member of the company's Editorial Advisory Board.
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