18 new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Saturday, Jan. 2


13 new COVID-19 deaths, 666 new cases reported in South Dakota Saturday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 13 new COVID-19 deaths and 666 new cases in South Dakota Saturday.

Eighteen of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Saturday’s update includes data from 1 p.m. Dec. 30 to 1 p.m. Dec. 31. Sunday’s update will include two days’ worth of data, from 1 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 p.m. Jan. 2, due to no update on New Year’s Day.

Brookings County cases have risen to 2,999 total cases (three new confirmed and 15 new probable): 2,750 of those people have recovered (11 new), with 219 active cases (up by seven) and 30 deaths (no change). A total of 10,042 people (18 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 106 people (two new) in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

There are three COVID-19 occupied hospital beds 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 99,829 (666 new – 494 confirmed plus 172 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 5,733 are classified as active (up by 37 from Thursday). As of Saturday, 92,595 people have recovered (615 new), 5,702 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (30 new), 282 people are currently hospitalized (down by 15), and 1,501 people have died (13 new).

The SDDOH website reports 274,117 people (641 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, seven women and six men, are being reported in Brown, Corson, Haakon, Hamlin (2), Hughes (2), Minnehaha (3) and Pennington (3) counties. The age ranges of the deceased are two 40-49 years, three 50-59 years, one 60-69 years, one 70-79 years, and six in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Saturday included, but are not limited to, 32 in Brown County, 20 in Codington, 37 in Dewey, 22 in Lawrence, 43 in Lincoln, 31 in Meade, 131 in Minnehaha and 150 in Pennington.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (25,108), Pennington (11,347), Lincoln (6,823), Brown (4,458) and Codington (3,472).

The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 25,325 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 25,325 people in South Dakota, including 808 in Brookings County.

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.

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