BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 1,063 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths in South Dakota Sunday.
Thirty-six of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 1,380 total cases (36 new confirmed): 994 of those people have recovered (nine new), with 382 active cases (up by 27) and four deaths (no change). A total of 6,267 people (97 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Sunday, and 40 people in the county (one new) have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
There are five COVID-19 occupied hospital beds and one COVID-19 occupied ICU bed at the Brookings hospital as of Sunday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The state Department of Health data 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 39,203 (1,063 new – 1,017 confirmed plus 46 probable) as of midday Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 10,745 are classified as active (up by 527 from Saturday). As of Sunday, 28,083 people have recovered (526 new), 2,436 people have been hospitalized at some point (58 new), 366 people are currently hospitalized (up by 10), and 375 people have died (nine new).
The SDDOH website reports 206,727 people (1,188 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.
The new deaths, three women and six men, are being reported in Davison (3), Hughes, Jerauld, Minnehaha, Turner (2) and Ziebach counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 70-79 years and eight in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Sunday included, but are not limited to, 140 in Bon Homme, 36 in Brookings, 32 in Brown, 27 in Clay, 32 in Codington, 23 in Davison, 22 in Lawrence, 58 in Lincoln, 207 in Minnehaha, 35 in Oglala Lakota, 94 in Pennington and 42 in Yankton.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (10,411), Pennington (4,136), Lincoln (2,584), Brown (1,941) and Codington (1,419).
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Sunday, 23 students and two faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 99 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Sunday, with 14 of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has 10 active cases, as of Saturday: five from Brookings High School, one from Mickelson Middle School, one from Camelot Intermediate School, one from Hillcrest Elementary and two listed as “Other.”
The state Department of Health generally does not identify the specific communities within a county where cases are located, or a business, event or setting that may be the source of a surge to protect patient confidentiality.
Only a few exceptions are made, such as clusters when there are 40 or more cases identified in a single workplace/setting.
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.