Six people died from COVID-19, including a child younger than 10 years old, according to a report Wednesday from the South Dakota Department of Health.
This is the state's first death reported among people younger than 10 years old. More than 12,270 children between ages 0 and 9 have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020.
In addition to the child's death, one person aged 40-49 died, three people ages 60-69 died and two people older than 80 years old also died, according to the report.
Overall, 2,534 people have died with COVID-19 in South Dakota, according to the state health department.
Active COVID-19 infections also continue to break records in the state, with South Dakota reporting 22,743 active cases, according to Wednesday's report from the department of health. The previous high was 20,475 Tuesday and 19,240, which was reported by the department on Nov. 18, 2020. The state reported 2,708 new infections Tuesday.
The number of hospital beds occupied by a COVID-positive patient increased by 21 to 336.
Minnehaha County residents accounted for 749 of the newest cases and Lincoln County had 199. Pennington County reported 361 new cases.
As of Wednesday, at least 57% of the state's total eligible population had been fully vaccinated, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: South Dakota COVID deaths increase by 6, including a child under 10