Five new cases in Brookings County Friday; total at 102

95 new COVID-19 cases in S.D. Friday, one new death

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 95 new positive coronavirus cases and one new death in South Dakota Friday.

Five of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 102 positive tests (five new Friday), and 85 of those people have recovered, with 17 active cases. There have been 2,107 negative tests in Brookings County as of Friday, and four 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 7,789 as of midday Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the 7,789 statewide cases, 865 are classified as active (up by 23 from Thursday). As of Friday, 6,808 people have recovered (71 new), 763 people have been hospitalized at some point (six new), 61 people are currently hospitalized (no change), and 116 people have died.

There have been 88,184 total negative tests (1,842 new) in South Dakota.

The new death is a man in his 50s in Beadle County.

Increases in positive cases Friday included, but are not limited to, three in Beadle County, five in Brookings County, five in Codington, eight in Davison, four in Lake, 20 in Minnehaha, four in Oglala Lakota and 25 in Pennington.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (3,822), Pennington (704), Beadle (561), Lincoln (406) and Brown (365).

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.

No public health notices regarding specific businesses or events 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.

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