Five new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Monday, Sept. 14

163 new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota Sunday; no new deaths

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 163 new positive COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Monday.

Five of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 600 total positive cases (five new Monday): 474 of those people have recovered (nine new), with 125 active cases (down by four) and one death. A total of 3,982 people (33 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Monday, and eight people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

Brookings County is in the “substantial” community spread category. Substantial community spread means there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 16,801 as of midday Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 2,499 are classified as active (up by 38 from Sunday). As of Monday, 14,118 people have recovered (125 new), 1,171 people have been hospitalized at some point (six new), 110 people are currently hospitalized (no change), and 184 people have died.

Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.

The SDDOH website reports 148,338 people have tested negative (1,020 new) in South Dakota.

South Dakota's test positivity rate for the last week is at 11.3%, and 11.9% for the last two weeks, according to the SDDOH website. Brookings County’s test positivity rate for the last week is at 15.9%, and 20.4% for the last two weeks.

Increases in positive cases Monday included, but are not limited to, 10 in Brown County, 21 in Codington, eight in Lincoln, eight in Meade, 24 in Minnehaha, 19 in Pennington and 10 in Union.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (5,898), Pennington (1,814), Lincoln (1,087), Brown (931) and Beadle (665).

In its weekly report of COVID-19 cases within South Dakota schools, the DOH said there have been 667 total cases – 446 students and 221 staff, with of them 453 recovered – in K-12 schools from Aug. 9-Sept. 12. Active cases are being reported within 129 schools, and 758 South Dakota K-12 schools are not reporting any active cases as of Sept. 12.

The report also says from Aug. 9-Sept. 12, there have been 1,053 total COVID-19 cases – 1,004 students and 49 staff, with 860 of them recovered – within South Dakota colleges, universities and technical colleges. Fourteen of the state’s colleges, universities, colleges and tech schools are reporting active cases as of Sept. 12, with one school reporting no active cases.

According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Monday, 22 students and three faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 133 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Monday, with 22 of those in campus facilities.

“It is important to note SDSU has students taking classes at locations outside of Brookings and students who may be completely online. Those students are asked to complete the case notification form. As a result, SDSU data may not align with the South Dakota Department of Health data,” the dashboard says, at The SDSU data is current, not cumulative.

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.

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