First confirmed case of Delta COVID variant reported in South Dakota

CapturePIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health announced Wednesday morning that a case of the Delta COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in the state, in Edmunds County.

Concerns have been expressed regarding the B.1.617.2 (“Delta”) variant, because it is more easily spread person-to-person and can reduce the effectiveness of existing treatments.

“We are closely following this development and would like to reiterate, to all South Dakotans, the importance of getting tested and vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “With easier access to the vaccine and testing, it has never been easier to protect yourself, your family and our communities.”

Health officials say that the currently-available vaccines have shown to be 100% effective against hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

The Delta variant was first detected in India in late 2020 and was first detected in the United States in March 2021.

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