BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 14 new COVID-19 deaths and 321 new cases in South Dakota Saturday.
Seventeen of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,173 total cases (eight new confirmed and nine new probable): 2,905 of those people have recovered (32 new), with 237 active cases (down by 15) and 31 deaths (no change). A total of 10,313 people (41 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 108 people (one new) 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 Saturday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 102,901 (321 new – 237 confirmed plus 84 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 5,040 are classified as active (down by 201 from Friday). As of Saturday, 96,291 people have recovered (508 new), 5,871 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (20 new), 234 people are currently hospitalized (down by 13), and 1,570 people have died (14 new).
The SDDOH website reports 280,192 people (980 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, eight women and six men, are being reported in Butte, Charles Mix, Faulk, Hand, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lawrence (2), Marshall, Minnehaha (3), Pennington and Yankton counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 40-49 years, one 50-59 years, two 60-69 years, five 70-79 years and five in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Saturday included, but are not limited to, 22 in Lincoln County, 64 in Minnehaha and 37 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (25,838), Pennington (11,755), Lincoln (7,052), Brown (4,629) and Codington (3,583).
The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 40,284 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 36,221 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 1,132 vaccine doses have been administered to 954 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.