BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 270 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths in South Dakota Friday.
Twenty-eight of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,958 total cases (14 new confirmed and 14 new probable): 3,759 of those people have recovered (20 new), with 162 active cases (up by eight) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 12,907 people (42 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 Friday.
The county is in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 119,467 (270 new – 194 confirmed plus 76 probable) as of midday Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 2,465 are classified as active (down by 19 from Thursday). As of Friday, 115,056 people have recovered (282 new), 7,106 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (seven new), 97 people are currently hospitalized (down by three) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,946 people have died (seven new).
The SDDOH website reports 332,214 people (876 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, three women and four men, are being reported in Bon Homme, Minnehaha (4), Turner and Walworth counties. The age ranges of the deceased are two 60-69 years, two 70-79 years and three in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Friday include, but are not limited to, 28 in Brookings County, 10 in Brown, 10 in Codington, 11 in Davison, 30 in Lincoln, 78 in Minnehaha and 29 in Pennington.
The state also reported a jump in detected variant cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota, with 52 cases (38 new) of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, eight cases (three new) of the B.1.429 (California) variant, one case (no change) of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and one case (one new) of the B.1.427 (California) variant.
The SDDOH website reported midday Friday that 481,101 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 292,561 people in South Dakota, as reported to the S.D. Immunization Information System.
In Brookings County, 16,796 vaccine doses have been administered to 11,166 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 49% 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 34% 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.