SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Tens of thousands of additional people in South Dakota are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
The state Department of Health opened vaccinations to another priority group Monday.
Group 1E includes fire personnel and critical infrastructure workers, which covers employees in industries like water and wastewater, energy, finance, food service, food and agriculture, legal, manufacturing, shelter and housing, transportation and logistics, information technology and communications.
The group includes approximately 227,000 South Dakotans.
Currently, 37% of South Dakotans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 23% are fully vaccinated.
South Dakota health officials on Sunday reported no change in the number of active COVID-19 cases and a drop in hospitalizations.
The update showed 145 positive tests in the last day, increasing the total to 115,867 cases since the start of the pandemic. Active cases remained at 2,233, the report showed.
Hospitalizations dropped by 10 since Saturday, to 59. Of those patients, 13 are being treated in intensive care units and five are on ventilators.
The report listed one new death, a Brown County man in his 60s, upping the total number of fatalities to 1,923.