BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 34 new COVID-19 deaths and 230 new cases in South Dakota Wednesday.
Fourteen of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,389 total cases (five new confirmed and nine new probable): 3,202 of those people have recovered (21 new), with 154 active cases (down by seven) and 33 deaths (no change). A total of 10,811 people (40 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 117 people (no change) in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
There is one COVID-19 occupied hospital bed at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Wednesday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 107,608 (230 new – 167 confirmed plus 63 probable) as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 3,238 are classified as active (down by 190 from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 102,631 people have recovered (384 new), 6,242 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (26 new), 161 people are currently hospitalized (up by nine) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,739 people have died (34 new).
The SDDOH website reports 291,602 people (792 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, 10 women and 24 men, are being reported in Aurora (2), Brown (2), Clay, Codington, Custer, Davison (2), Day, Deuel, Dewey, Grant, Hand, Lake, Lawrence (5), Lincoln, Minnehaha (6), Moody, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, Todd, Turner and Union (2) counties. The age ranges of the deceased are three 50-59 years, six 60-69 years, eight 70-79 years and 17 in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Wednesday include, but are not limited to, 19 in Bon Homme County, 19 in Brown, 22 in Lincoln, 38 in Minnehaha and 24 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (26,861), Pennington (12,295), Lincoln (7,411), Brown (4,879) and Codington (3,720).
The SDDOH website reported midday Wednesday that 82,021 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 60,272 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 2,142 vaccine doses have been administered to 1,657 people.
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.