SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A health system at the epicenter of the growing South Dakota COVID-19 surge says it is dealing with a flood of COVID-19 patients by shifting staff and crafting makeshift intensive care rooms.
Monument Health of Rapid City, South Dakota, issued a statement Friday, Aug. 27, saying it’s “extremely busy” as it deals with the surge.
The health system in the Black Hills, which recently hosted the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, is treating 78 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. That’s nearly twice the number from a week ago and significantly higher than the five patients hospitalized with the virus a month ago, it said.
“The vast majority of these patients are unvaccinated,” Monument Health said.
New cases in Rapid City and the Black Hills region are powering the South Dakota surge, based on per-capita case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. According to the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday, about 86% of all intensive care unit beds in Black Hills healthcare facilities are full. Statewide, about 57% of ICU beds are filled.
The following are the Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Friday. All data is the latest available but should be considered preliminary and could be updated at a later date by health officials.
INITIAL DOSE ADMINISTERED (IF 2-DOSE VACCINE): 492,804 people, 55.7% of state’s population
FULLY VACCINATED: 431,757 people: 48.8% of state’s population
Statewide case rates
- NEW CASES: 439
- TOTAL ACTIVE CASES: 3,992
- TOTAL CASES: 130,776
- TOTAL RECOVERED: 124,722
NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 24
ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 168
TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 6,760
DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 2
TOTAL DEATHS: 2,062
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