BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 263 new positive COVID-19 cases and four new deaths in South Dakota Thursday.
Eighteen of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 556 total positive cases (18 new Thursday): 408 of those people have recovered (11 new), with 147 active cases (up by seven) and one death. A total of 3,803 people (59 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Thursday, and eight people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
Brookings County is in the “substantial” community spread category. Substantial community spread means there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.
The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 15,834 as of midday Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 2,456 are classified as active (up by 22 from Wednesday). As of Thursday, 13,201 people have recovered (237 new), 1,120 people have been hospitalized at some point (11 new), 83 people are currently hospitalized (up by seven), and 177 people have died.
Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.
The new deaths, two women and two men, are being reported in Bennet, Clay, Corson and Minnehaha counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 70-79 years old and three in the 80-plus years category.
The SDDOH website reports 143,416 people have tested negative (1,098 new) in South Dakota.
South Dakota's test positivity rate for the last week is at 11.4%, and 14.1% for the last two weeks, according to the SDDOH website.
Brookings County’s test positivity rate for the last week is at 21.5%, and 25.2% for the last two weeks.
Increases in positive cases Thursday included, but are not limited to, 18 in Brookings County, 23 in Brown, 26 in Codington, 10 in Lawrence, 15 in Lincoln, 16 in Meade, 36 in Minnehaha, 35 in Pennington,
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (5,689), Pennington (1,701), Lincoln (1,030), Brown (871) and Beadle (656).
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Thursday, 30 students and four faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 166 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Thursday, with 32 of those in campus facilities.
“It is important to note SDSU has students taking classes at locations outside of Brookings and students who may be completely online. Those students are asked to complete the case notification form. As a result, SDSU data may not align with the South Dakota Department of Health data,” the dashboard says, at www.sdstate.edu/covid-19/covid-19-dashboard. The SDSU data is current, not cumulative.
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 DOH will also issue a public health notice when an employee or patron of a business/event is unable to identify persons they were in close contact with (15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less) while able to transmit the virus.
The actual number of infections in the state is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.
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.