BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 238 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Saturday.
Twenty-seven of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,985 total cases (11 new confirmed and 16 new probable): 3,776 of those people have recovered (17 new), with 172 active cases (up by 10) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 12,940 people (33 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 145 people (no change) 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.
The county is in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 119,705 (238 new – 175 confirmed plus 63 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 2,413 are classified as active (down by 52 from Friday). As of Saturday, 115,346 people have recovered (290 new), 7,116 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (10 new), 102 people are currently hospitalized (up by five) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,946 people have died (no change).
The SDDOH website reports 332,792 people (578 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
Increases in positive cases Saturday include, but are not limited to, 27 in Brookings County, 11 in Brown, 11 in Codington, 16 in Lincoln, 85 in Minnehaha and 14 in Pennington.
The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 493,060 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to 298,820 people in South Dakota, as reported to the S.D. Immunization Information System.
In Brookings County, 17,842 vaccine doses have been administered to 11,387 people.
Doses administered by Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Department of Defense and Bureau of Prisons are not included in the state’s vaccine count.
Nearly 50% 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 35% of the state population has completed its vaccination series.
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.