Nine new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Wednesday, Oct. 20

466 new COVID-19 cases, two new deaths reported in South Dakota

BROOKINGS – The state on Wednesday reported 466 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths in South Dakota.

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

Brookings County cases have risen to 5,072 total cases (four new confirmed and five new probable): 4,906 of those people have recovered (13 new) with 128 active cases (down by four) and 38 deaths (no change). A total of 154 people in the county have been hospitalized at some point (no change), 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 151,554 (337 new confirmed and 129 new probable) as of midday Wednesday, according to the SDDOH.

Of the statewide cases, 5,723 are classified as active (up by 44 from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 143,626 people have recovered (420 new), 7,729 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (20 new), 200 people are currently hospitalized (up by five) for transmission-based precautions, and 2,205 people with COVID have died (two new).

The new deaths, one woman and one man, are being reported in Aurora and Meade counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 60-69 years and one in the 80-plus years category.

The SDDOH website reported midday Wednesday that 862,357 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to 443,187 people in South Dakota, as reported to the S.D. Immunization Information System.

In Brookings County, 32,474 vaccine doses have been administered to 17,331 people, the SDDOH website reports. As of Wednesday, 49.4% of the total county population has received at least one vaccine dose, and 58.1% of those 12 years and older in Brookings County have received at least one vaccine dose.

The SDDOH reports 66.2% of the state population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine from the state or federal allocation; 57.2% of the state’s 12-and-older population has completed its vaccination series; and 4.8% of the state’s 12-and-older population has received a booster dose.

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