One new COVID-19 death, 39 new cases in Brookings Co. Thursday, Jan. 7

25 new COVID-19 deaths, 448 new cases reported in South Dakota Thursday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 25 new COVID-19 deaths and 448 new cases in South Dakota Thursday.

One new death and 39 of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,131 total cases (six new confirmed and 33 new probable): 2,816 of those people have recovered (26 new), with 284 active cases (up by 12) and 31 deaths (one new). A total of 10,236 people (62new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 107 people (one new) 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 Thursday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 102,132 (448 new – 291 confirmed plus 157 probable) as of midday Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 6,075 are classified as active (down by 312 from Wednesday). As of Thursday, 94,513 people have recovered (735 new), 5,829 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (24 new), 264 people are currently hospitalized (no change), and 1,544 people have died (25 new).

The SDDOH website reports 278,102 people (745 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, seven women and 18 men, are being reported in Aurora (2), Beadle, Brookings, Brown (2), Douglas, Edmunds, Fall River, Hand, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson (2), Lincoln (2), Minnehaha (4), Pennington (4) and Tripp counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 30-39 years, one 40-49 years, two 50-59 years, three 60-69 years, five 70-79 years and 13 in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Thursday included, but are not limited to, 39 in Brookings County, 23 in Brown, 23 in Codington, 25 in Lincoln, 93 in Minnehaha and 59 in Pennington.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (25,672), Pennington (11,673), Lincoln (6,993), Brown (4,593) and Codington (3,566).

The SDDOH website reported midday Thursday that 32,315 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 31,473 people in South Dakota. Among those, 843 people have received two doses of a vaccine.

In Brookings County, 927 vaccine doses have been administered to 919 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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