BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 538 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Monday.
Ten of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 1,390 total cases (10 new confirmed): 1,000 of those people have recovered (six new), with 386 active cases (up by four) and four deaths (no change). A total of 6,290 people (23 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Monday, and 40 people in the county (no change) have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
There are five COVID-19 occupied hospital beds and one COVID-19 occupied ICU bed at the Brookings hospital as of Sunday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The state Department of Health data includes confirmed COVID-19 cases via traditional RT-PCR testing, plus probable cases based on rapid antigen testing, which detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Probable cases are investigated and handled in the same way as confirmed cases, DOH officials said.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 39,741 (538 new – 525 confirmed plus 13 probable) as of midday Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 11,061 are classified as active (up by 316 from Sunday). As of Monday, 28,305 people have recovered (222 new), 2,453 people have been hospitalized at some point (17 new), 377 people are currently hospitalized (up by 11), and 375 people have died (no change).
The SDDOH website reports 207,353 people (626 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.
The deaths reported on the SDDOH data dashboard are deaths for which COVID-19 is listed as a cause or contributing factor on the certified death record.
Increases in positive cases Monday included, but are not limited to, 140 in Bon Homme County, 19 in Brown, 39 in Lincoln, 81 in Minnehaha, 23 in Oglala Lakota and 47 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (10,492), Pennington (4,183), Lincoln (2,623), Brown (1,960) and Codington (1,432).
In its weekly report of COVID-19 cases within South Dakota schools, the DOH said there have been 3,558 total cases – 2,502 students and 1,050 staff, with 2,797 of them recovered – in K-12 schools from Aug. 9-Oct. 24. Active cases are being reported within 295 schools, and 592 South Dakota K-12 schools are not reporting any active cases as of Oct. 24.
The report also says from Aug. 9-Oct. 24, there have been 1,895 total COVID-19 cases – 1,742 students and 153 staff, with 1,703 of them recovered – within South Dakota colleges, universities and technical colleges. Fifteen of the state’s colleges, universities, colleges and tech schools are reporting active cases as of Oct. 24.
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Monday, 20 students and three faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 89 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Monday, with 14 of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has nine active cases, as of Monday: five from Brookings High School, one from Camelot Intermediate School, one from Dakota Prairie Elementary, one from Hillcrest Elementary and one listed as “Other.”
The state Department of Health generally does not identify the specific communities within a county where cases are located, or a business, event or setting that may be the source of a surge to protect patient confidentiality.
Only a few exceptions are made, such as clusters when there are 40 or more cases identified in a single workplace/setting.
The figures released by the state Department of Health do not include individuals who are asymptomatic or have symptoms of the coronavirus but are not being tested.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
Learn more at www.covid.sd.gov.