BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 12 new COVID-19 deaths and 247 new cases in South Dakota Saturday.
Ten of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,363 total cases (four new confirmed and six new probable): 3,118 of those people have recovered (14 new), with 213 active cases (down by four) and 32 deaths (no change). A total of 10,723 people (19 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 116 people (one new) 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 Saturday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 106,963 (247 new – 209 confirmed plus 38 probable) as of midday Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 4,021 are classified as active (down by 69 from Friday). As of Saturday, 101,246 people have recovered (304 new), 6,177 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (18 new), 172 people are currently hospitalized (down by five) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,696 people have died (12 new).
The SDDOH website reports 289,457 people (696 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, six women and six men, are being reported in Bennett, Brule, Day (2), Edmunds (3), Lincoln, Minnehaha (2), Pennington and Spink counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 50-59 years, one 60-69 years, six 70-79 years and four in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Saturday include, but are not limited to, 28 in Lincoln County, 45 in Minnehaha and 25 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (26,721), Pennington (12,206), Lincoln (7,356), Brown (4,832) and Codington (3,710).
The SDDOH website reported midday Saturday that 73,243 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 56,987 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 1,929 vaccine doses have been administered to 1,564 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.
Learn more at www.covid.sd.gov.