Huron Plainsman | Clark, Hand County, notes COVID-19 deaths
Huron Plainsman |  Clark, Hand County, notes COVID-19 deaths

Huron Plainsman | Clark, Hand County, notes COVID-19 deaths

HURON – The rate of COVID variant infection in the state continues to rise with each subsequent weekly COVID-19 report from the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH).

The final report for the month of May showed that the state increased the number of active virus cases for the sixth weekly report in a row.

The state reported 595 new positive cases, 362 new recovered cases and eight new deaths in Wednesday’s DOH report. One of the new deaths was a child, the third reported deaths for a child under 10 due to the virus in the state.

Active COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 1,470.

Beadle County added three new positive cases and three new recovered cases, keeping the county’s active cases at 19.

The Heartland region added 16 new positive cases, 15 new recovered cases and two new deaths per week. Active cases in the region with seven counties remained stable at 45.

Vaccinations continue to move at a slow pace across the state.

Across the country, 1,240,849 doses of vaccine have been administered to 525,569 people. This equates to 73.1% of the eligible population receiving at least one dose of vaccine.

The state reports that 59.7% of eligible residents have received a full series of vaccinations, and 34.4% of eligible residents have received a booster dose of the vaccine.

In Beadle County, 24,539 doses of vaccine have been administered to 10,294 county residents. This equates to 53.8% of the population receiving at least one dose of vaccine.

The county has seen 54.4% of the eligible population complete a vaccine series to be fully vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated in the county represent 49.8% of the entire county population.

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