Six new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Thursday, Feb. 18

187 new COVID-19 cases, three new deaths reported in South Dakota Thursday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 187 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths in South Dakota Thursday.

Six of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,548 total cases (six new confirmed): 3,424 of those people have recovered (eight new), with 89 active cases (down by two) and 35 deaths (no change). A total of 11,543 people (49 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 is one COVID-19 occupied hospital bed 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 110,871 (187 new – 149 confirmed plus 38 probable) as of midday Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 2,068 are classified as active (down by four from Wednesday). As of Thursday, 106,956 people have recovered (187 new), 6,475 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (nine new), 92 people are currently hospitalized (down by two) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,847 people have died (three new).

The SDDOH website reports 304,951 people (747 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, two women and one man, are being reported in Brown, Minnehaha and Tripp counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 60-69 years and two in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Thursday include, but are not limited to, five in Brown County, 15 in Codington, 12 in Lincoln, 40 in Minnehaha and 22 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Thursday that 164,399 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 110,759 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 4,314 vaccine doses have been administered to 2,961 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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