BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 414 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Tuesday.
Twenty-eight of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 1,025 total cases (28 new confirmed cases Tuesday): 813 of those people have recovered (seven new), with 210 active cases (up by 21) and two deaths. A total of 5,464 people (18 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Tuesday, and 20 people in the county (one new) have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The state Department of Health data now includes confirmed COVID-19 cases via traditional RT-PCR testing, plus probable cases based on rapid antigen testing, which detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Probable cases are investigated and handled in the same way as confirmed cases, DOH officials said.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 29,339 (414 new – 411 confirmed plus three probable) as of midday Tuesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 6,044 are classified as active (down by 18 from Monday). As of Tuesday, 23,007 people have recovered (432 new), 1,911 people have been hospitalized at some point (25 new), 302 people are currently hospitalized (up by 24), and 288 people have died (no change).
The SDDOH website reports 191,063 people (1,516 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.
The deaths reported on the SDDOH data dashboard are deaths for which COVID-19 is listed as a cause or contributing factor on the certified death record.
Increases in positive cases Tuesday included, but are not limited to, 28 in Brookings County, 18 in Brown, 10 in Davison, 53 in Lincoln, 153 in Minnehaha, 30 in Pennington and 15 in Union.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (8,189), Pennington (3,207), Lincoln (1,897), Brown (1,593) and Codington (1,123).
In its weekly report of COVID-19 cases within South Dakota schools, the DOH said there have been 2,305 total cases – 1,643 students and 662 staff, with 1,771 of them recovered – in K-12 schools from Aug. 9-Oct. 10. Active cases are being reported within 241 schools, and 646 South Dakota K-12 schools are not reporting any active cases as of Oct. 10.
The report also says from Aug. 9-Oct. 10, there have been 1,580 total COVID-19 cases – 1,479 students and 101 staff, with 1,463 of them recovered – within South Dakota colleges, universities and technical colleges. Seventeen of the state’s colleges, universities, colleges and tech schools are reporting active cases as of Oct. 10, and one school has no active cases.
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Tuesday, 26 students and three faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 102 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Tuesday, with seven of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has six active cases, as of Tuesday: one from Mickelson Middle School, three from Dakota Prairie Elementary, one from Hillcrest Elementary and one from Medary Elementary.
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.