Updated at 4 p.m. Oct. 12
BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 359 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths in South Dakota Monday.
Thirteen of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 997 total cases (13 new confirmed cases Monday): 806 of those people have recovered (five new), with 189 active cases (up by eight) and two deaths. A total of 5,446 people (26 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Monday, and 19 people in the county (no change) have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
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 28,925 (359 new – 344 confirmed plus 15 probable) as of midday Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 6,062 are classified as active (up by 197 from Sunday). As of Monday, 22,575 people have recovered (162 new), 1,886 people have been hospitalized at some point (20 new), 278 people are currently hospitalized (up by 12), and 288 people have died (two new).
The SDDOH website reports 189,547 people (772 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.
The new deaths, two women, are being reported in Roberts and Turner counties. The age ranges of the deceased are 50-59 years and 80-plus years.
Increases in positive cases Monday included, but are not limited to, 13 in Brookings County, 20 in Brown, 12 in Codington, 14 in Davison, 16 in Hughes, 12 in Lincoln, 11 in Meade, 50 in Minnehaha, 12 in Oglala Lakota, 56 in Pennington, 14 in Todd and 16 in Union.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (8,036), Pennington (3,177), Lincoln (1,844), Brown (1,575) and Codington (1,119).
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Monday, 21 students and two faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 87 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Monday, with six of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has six active cases, as of Monday: one from Mickelson Middle School, three from Dakota Prairie Elementary, one from Hillcrest Elementary and one from Medary Elementary.
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.