Two new COVID-19 cases in Brookings County Wednesday, Aug. 12; active cases drop

102 new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota Wednesday; one new death

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 102 new positive COVID-19 cases and one new death in South Dakota Wednesday.

Two of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 142 total positive cases (two new Wednesday): 127 of those people have recovered, with 14 active cases and one death. A total of 2,737 people have tested negative in Brookings County as of Wednesday, and four people in the county have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category. Substantial community spread means there are five-plus cases of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county or a distinct group of cases in a single area.

The number of South Dakotans who have tested positive for COVID-19 rose to 9,815 as of midday Wednesday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the 9,815 statewide cases, 1,062 are classified as active (up by two from Tuesday). As of Wednesday, 8,606 people have recovered (99 new), 892 people have been hospitalized at some point (five new), 59 people are currently hospitalized (up by two), and 147 people have died.

Officials say 113,813 people (1,117 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new death is a woman in her 60s from Lyman County.

Increases in positive cases Wednesday included, but are not limited to, five in Codington County, 14 in Lincoln, 41 in Minnehaha, 12 in Pennington, four in Todd and six in Yankton.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (4,498), Pennington (910), Lincoln (667), Beadle (594) and Brown (452).

The state Department of Health generally does not identify the specific communities within a county where cases are located, or a business, event or setting that may be the source of a surge to protect patient confidentiality.

Only a few exceptions are made, such as clusters when there are 40 or more cases identified in a single workplace/setting. The DOH will also issue a public health notice when an employee or patron of a business/event is unable to identify persons they were in close contact with (15 or more minutes within 6 feet or less) while able to transmit the virus.

No public health notices regarding specific businesses or events have been issued in Brookings County so far.

The actual number of infections in the state is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

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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