Five new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Saturday, Feb. 20

Six new COVID-19 deaths, 147 new cases reported in South Dakota Saturday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting six new COVID-19 deaths and 147 new cases in South Dakota Saturday.

Five of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,557 total cases (two new confirmed and three new probable): 3,446 of those people have recovered (14 new), with 75 active cases (down by nine) and 36 deaths (no change). A total of 11,616 people (29 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 122 people (no change) in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

There are two COVID-19 occupied hospital beds at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Saturday.

Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 111,165 (147 new – 103 confirmed plus 44 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 1,997 are classified as active (down by 31 from Friday). As of Saturday, 107,309 people have recovered (172 new), 6,509 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (17 new), 95 people are currently hospitalized (up by four) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,859 people have died (six new).

The SDDOH website reports 306,170 people (646 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, three women and three men, are being reported in Brown, Charles Mix, Dewey, Oglala Lakota (2) and Turner counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 30-39 years, one 40-49 years, one 60-69 years, one 70-79 years and two in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Saturday include, but are not limited to, four in Brown County, five in Codington, 11 in Lincoln, 33 in Minnehaha and 18 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 180,296 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 119,896 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 4,698 vaccine doses have been administered to 3,195 people.

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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