BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 19 new COVID-19 deaths and 452 new cases in South Dakota Wednesday.
Twenty-three of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,237 total cases (10 new confirmed and 13 new probable): 2,975 of those people have recovered (19 new), with 231 active cases (up by four) and 31 deaths (no change). A total of 10,434 people (42 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 113 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 Wednesday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 104,195 (452 new – 304 confirmed plus 148 probable) as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 4,762 are classified as active (up by 11 from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 97,829 people have recovered (422 new), 5,978 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (35 new), 253 people are currently hospitalized (up by 13) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,604 people have died (19 new).
The SDDOH website reports 283,104 people (1,465 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, six women and 13 men, are being reported in Charles Mix, Codington, Day, Dewey, Lawrence (2), Meade (2), Minnehaha (5), Pennington (5) and Tripp counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 40-49 years, one 50-59 years, three 60-69 years, five 70-79 years and nine in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Wednesday included, but are not limited to, 23 in Brookings County, 23 in Brown, 24 in Davison, 28 in Lincoln, 89 in Minnehaha and 43 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (26,117), Pennington (11,881), Lincoln (7,142), Brown (4,705) and Codington (3,632).
The SDDOH website reported midday Wednesday that 47,952 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 39,954 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 1,214 vaccine doses have been administered to 1,010 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.