Seven new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Wednesday, March 3

Five new COVID-19 deaths, 181 new cases reported in South Dakota Wednesday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting five new COVID-19 deaths and 181 new cases in South Dakota Wednesday.

Seven of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,599 total cases (two new confirmed and five new probable): 3,503 of those people have recovered (five new), with 59 active cases (up by two) and 37 deaths (no change). A total of 11,861 people (25 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 are no COVID-19 occupied hospital beds at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Wednesday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 112,833 (181 new – 131 confirmed plus 50 probable) as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 1,993 are classified as active (up by 18 from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 108,947 people have recovered (158 new), 6,654 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (14 new), 97 people are currently hospitalized (up by five) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,893 people have died (five new).

The SDDOH website reports 311,512 people (701 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, four women and one man, are being reported in Brown, Davison, Hamlin, Hutchinson and Minnehaha counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 60-69 years, one 70-79 years and three in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Wednesday include, but are not limited to, 12 in Beadle County, five in Brown, six in Codington, 16 in Lincoln, 52 in Minnehaha and 20 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Wednesday that 229,762 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 150,076 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 6,621 vaccine doses have been administered to 4,775 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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