As vaccination rates rise, South Dakota’s COVID-19 cases plummet

May 17, 2021

Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D.–Vaccination rates are rising, facemasks are no longer mandatory, and active cases of COVID-19 continue to plummet across South Dakota.

The latest numbers from the Department of Health show active cases statewide have fallen to 890, with 67 hospitalizations. There are 125 active cases in Codington County, with 81 deaths in the county since the pandemic began.

On the vaccination front, the numbers show 56 percent of South Dakota’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 51-percent are fully vaccinated.

More than 627,000 doses have been put into arms in the state.