BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 66 new positive coronavirus cases and one new death in South Dakota Wednesday.
There are no new cases in Brookings County Wednesday.
Brookings County cases remain at 54 positive tests, and 38 of those people have recovered, with 16 active cases. There have been 1,505 negative tests in Brookings County as of Wednesday, and three people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported. There have been no deaths here.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category. Substantial community spread means there are five-plus cases of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county or a distinct group of cases in a single area.
The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 6,419 as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the 6,419 statewide cases, 781 are classified as active (up by eight from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 5,554 people have recovered (57 new), 629 people have been hospitalized at some point (five new), 81 people are currently hospitalized (down by four), and 84 people have died.
The new death is a man in his 70s from Minnehaha County.
There have been 68,658 total negative tests (1,025 new) in South Dakota.
Increases in positive cases Wednesday included, but are not limited to, nine in Beadle County, three in Brown, seven in Charles Mix, five in Hughes, six in Lyman, 13 in Minnehaha and nine in Pennington.
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 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.
No public health notices regarding specific businesses have been issued in Brookings County so far.
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.