Health officials increase virus reporting frequency

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Thursday returned to reporting new coronavirus cases every weekday as the state faces a resurgence of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 153 new cases Thursday as its count of active infections statewide reached 1,210. South Dakota has seen a steady resurgence of cases after the pandemic waned dramatically during the spring and early summer. The Department of Health had been reporting coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths once a week since July.

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said health officials would return to reporting data on the virus every weekday.

On Thursday, hospitalizations increased to 76 patients with COVID-19. No deaths from COVID-19 were reported.

Health officials report 60% of people eligible for the vaccine have received at least one shot while 56% have completed their vaccination.

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