BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 13 new COVID-19 deaths and 747 new coronavirus cases in South Dakota Thursday.
Thursday’s count includes 502 cases from the most recent 24-hour reporting period and 245 cases from previous days that were not initially reported due to a technical glitch with tests coming from out-of-state labs, state Department of Health officials said Thursday.
Thirty-six of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 815 total positive cases (36 new Thursday): 709 of those people have recovered (24 new), with 104 active cases (up by 12) and two deaths. A total of 4,865 people (84 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Thursday, and 13 people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 23,136 (747 new) as of midday Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 3,832 are classified as active (up by 174 from Wednesday). As of Thursday, 19,068 people have recovered (560 new), 1,578 people have been hospitalized at some point (28 new), 214 people are currently hospitalized (up by two), and 236 people have died (13 new).
Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.
The SDDOH website reports 171,867 people have tested negative (3,487 new) in South Dakota.
The news deaths, five women and eight men, are being reported in Beadle, Bennett (two), Brule, Clay, Codington, Custer, Haakon, Hanson, Minnehaha, Tripp, Turner and Union counties. The age ranges of the deceased are three 60-69 years, five 70-79 years, and five in the 80-plus years category.
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 Thursday included, but are not limited to, 36 in Brookings County, 35 in Brown, 11 in Butte, 12 in Charles Mix, 48 in Codington, 30 in Davison, 14 in Grant, 24 in Hughes, 14 in Lawrence, 66 in Lincoln, 24 in Meade, 115 in Minnehaha, 17 in Oglala Lakota, 74 in Pennington, 19 in Todd, 12 in Tripp, 34 in Union and 16 in Yankton.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (6,931), Pennington (2,479), Lincoln (1,474), Brown (1,275) and Codington (942).
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Thursday, 18 students and three faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 86 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Thursday, with 11 of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has seven active cases, as of Thursday: four from Brookings High School, one from Camelot Intermediate School, one from Dakota Prairie Elementary and one from Medary Elementary.
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 DOH will also issue a public health notice when an employee or patron of a business/event is unable to identify persons they were in close contact with (15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less) while able to transmit the virus.
The actual number of infections in the state is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.
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.