No new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Wednesday, Feb. 17

95 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported in South Dakota Wednesday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 95 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Wednesday.

None of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases remain at 3,542 total cases: 3,416 of those people have recovered (17 new), with 91 active cases (down by 17) and 35 deaths (no change). A total of 11,494 people (11 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 122 people (one 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 Wednesday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 110,685 (95 new – 90 confirmed plus five probable) as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 2,072 are classified as active (down by 132 from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 106,769 people have recovered (224 new), 6,466 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (five new), 94 people are currently hospitalized (down by three) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,844 people have died (no change).

The SDDOH website reports 304,204 people (286 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

Increases in positive cases Wednesday include, but are not limited to, one in Brown County, eight in Codington, eight in Lincoln, 25 in Minnehaha and 16 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Wednesday that 158,505 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 107,340 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 4,262 vaccine doses have been administered to 2,922 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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