Seven new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Sunday, Feb. 21

Four new COVID-19 deaths, 140 new cases reported in South Dakota Sunday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting four new COVID-19 deaths and 140 new cases in South Dakota Sunday.

Seven of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,564 total cases (six new confirmed and one new probable): 3,454 of those people have recovered (eight new), with 74 active cases (down by one) and 36 deaths (no change). A total of 11,627 people (11 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 122 people (no change) 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 Sunday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 111,304 (140 new – 107 confirmed plus 33 probable) as of midday Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 1,966 are classified as active (down by 31 from Saturday). As of Sunday, 107,475 people have recovered (166 new), 6,524 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (15 new), 90 people are currently hospitalized (down by five) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,863 people have died (four new).

The SDDOH website reports 306,471 people (301 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, three women and one man, are being reported in Codington and Minnehaha (3) counties. The age ranges of the deceased are two 70-79 years and two in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Sunday include, but are not limited to, one in Brown County, four in Codington, eight in Lincoln, 38 in Minnehaha and 19 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Sunday that 184,841 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 122,625 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 4,862 vaccine doses have been administered to 3,262 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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