South Dakota Health Department reports 23 new deaths from COVID-19

January 18, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota health officials are confirming 23 new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus.

The update released Sunday lifted the total number of fatalities to 168 in January and 1,656 since the start of the pandemic.

The COVID Tracking Project reports that the death toll is the 40th highest in the country overall and the fifth highest per capita at about 185 deaths per 100,000 people.

The state reported 266 positive tests since Saturday, for a total of 94,557 confirmed cases statewide.

Health officials say the state had administered 56,625 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 46,79 people as of Sunday.