Nine new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Friday, Oct. 15

320 new COVID-19 cases, seven new deaths reported in South Dakota

BROOKINGS – The state on Friday reported 320 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths in South Dakota.

Nine of the new cases have been reported in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 5,045 total cases (six new confirmed and three new probable): 4,864 of those people have recovered (11 new) with 143 active cases (down by two) and 38 deaths (no change). A total of 154 people in the county have been hospitalized at some point (one new), the state reported.

The Brookings hospital has two COVID-19 occupied hospital beds, according to the South Dakota Department of Health website. The county is in the “high” community spread category.

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 149,996 (267 new confirmed and 53 new probable) as of midday Friday, according to the SDDOH.

Of the statewide cases, 5,868 are classified as active (down by 95 from Thursday). As of Friday, 141,939 people have recovered (406 new), 7,660 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (14 new), 185 people are currently hospitalized (down by 16) for transmission-based precautions, and 2,189 people with COVID have died (seven new).

The new deaths, five women and two men, are being reported in Jones, Minnehaha (2), Pennington (3) and Todd counties. The age ranges of the deceased are two 70-79 years and five in the 80-plus years category.

The SDDOH website reported midday Friday that 850,318 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to 440,784 people in South Dakota, as reported to the S.D. Immunization Information System.

In Brookings County, 32,234 vaccine doses have been administered to 17,241 people, the SDDOH website reports. As of Friday, 49.2% of the total county population has received at least one vaccine dose, and 57.8% of those 12 years and older in Brookings County have received at least one vaccine dose.

The SDDOH reports 65.9% of the state population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine from the state or federal allocation, and 56.9% of the state’s 12-and-older population has completed its vaccination series.

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