Four new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Friday, Feb. 26

Seven new COVID-19 deaths, 143 new cases reported in South Dakota Friday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting seven new COVID-19 deaths and 143 new cases in South Dakota Friday.

Four of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,579 total cases (three new confirmed and one new probable): 3,486 of those people have recovered (six new), with 56 active cases (down by two) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 11,756 people (29 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 127 people (two new) in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

There is one COVID-19 occupied hospital bed at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Friday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 112,107 (143 new – 103 confirmed plus 40 probable) as of midday Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 1,944 are classified as active (down by four from Thursday). As of Friday, 108,284 people have recovered (140 new), 6,591 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (two new), 96 people are currently hospitalized (down by four) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,879 people have died (seven new).

The SDDOH website reports 309,181 people (580 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, two women and five men, are being reported in Davison, Dewey, Grant, Gregory, Hughes and Minnehaha (2) counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 50-59 years, four 70-79 years and two in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Friday include, but are not limited to, eight in Beadle County, seven in Brown, four in Codington, 13 in Lincoln, 41 in Minnehaha and 11 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Friday that 207,943 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 136,143 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 5,437 vaccine doses have been administered to 3,732 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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