State’s hospitals managing COVID-19 patients as cases increase

AP – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again in the state, although hospital officials say they’re still holding their own on capacity. Although the western part of the state is seeing the biggest spike in numbers, cases in the remainder of the state are also on the rise. The South Dakota Department of Health on Friday reported 230 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, the highest number since January.   The vast majority of new patients are unvaccinated. 

As of Friday, the state reports that close to 57-percent of the state’s eligible population had completed their COVID-19 vaccination series. 

More information on COVID-19 in the state can be found here.