BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 255 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths in South Dakota Saturday.
Twenty-four of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,785 total cases (13 new confirmed and 11 new probable): 3,626 of those people have recovered (14 new), with 122 active cases (up by 10) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 12,515 people (47 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 135 people (one new) in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
There are no COVID-19 occupied hospital beds at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Saturday.
The county is in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 117,081 (255 new – 191 confirmed plus 64 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 2,443 are classified as active (down by 37 from Friday). As of Saturday, 112,705 people have recovered (280 new), 6,951 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (24 new), 77 people are currently hospitalized (up by three) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,933 people have died (five new).
The SDDOH website reports 325,100 people (756 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, three women and two men, are being reported in Grant (2), Hughes, Minnehaha and Roberts counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 60-69 years, two 70-79 years and two in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Saturday include, but are not limited to, 24 in Brookings County, 12 in Brown, 10 in Codington, 14 in Davison, 19 in Lincoln, 93 in Minnehaha and eight in Pennington.
The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 392,186 state-allocated doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 242,294 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 12,878 state-allocated vaccine doses have been administered to 8,349 people.
Doses administered by Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or other federal entities, including the federal retail pharmacy program, are not included in the state’s vaccine count.
About 41% of the state population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine from the state or federal allocation, according to the SDDOH website, and nearly 27% of the state population is fully vaccinated.
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.