In South Dakota, COVID-19 hospitalizations near 8-month low

There are 43 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in South Dakota, state health officials reported March 30. That's the lowest total since Aug. 4.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There are 43 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in South Dakota on March 30, according to data posted by the state Department of Health. That's the lowest hospitalization count since Aug. 4.

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 Wednesday, March 30. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.


  • INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 668,119 people, 75.5% of state's population*
  • FULLY VACCINATED: 534,756 people, 60.4% of state's population
  • BOOSTER DOSE RECEIVED: 217,882 people, 40.7% 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.

Statewide case count

  • CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 2,323 (-103 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL CASES: 237,109 (+154 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 231,903

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 10,717 (+24 over past 7 days)
  • TOTAL DEATHS AMONG CASES: 2,883 (+3 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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