Seven new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Sunday, Feb. 28

Two new COVID-19 deaths, 134 new cases reported in South Dakota Sunday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting two new COVID-19 deaths and 134 new cases in South Dakota Sunday.

Seven of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,588 total cases (two new confirmed and five new probable): 3,493 of those people have recovered (two new), with 58 active cases (up by five) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 11,798 people (19 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 127 people (no change) 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 Sunday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 112,427 (134 new – 91 confirmed plus 43 probable) as of midday Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 1,933 are classified as active (up by 23 from Saturday). As of Sunday, 108,606 people have recovered (109 new), 6,626 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (16 new), 89 people are currently hospitalized (down by two) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,888 people have died (two new).

The SDDOH website reports 310,122 people (388 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, one woman and one man, are being reported in Dewey and Pennington counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 20-29 years and one 50-59 years.

Increases in positive cases Sunday include, but are not limited to, three in Brown County, two in Codington, 15 in Lincoln, 38 in Minnehaha and 13 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Sunday that 221,231 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 144,585 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 6,415 vaccine doses have been administered to 4,576 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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