BROOKINGS – The state is reporting six new COVID-19 deaths and 337 new cases in South Dakota Thursday.
Twelve of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 3,341 total cases (six new confirmed and six new probable): 3,085 of those people have recovered (seven new), with 224 active cases (up by five) and 32 deaths (no change). A total of 10,679 people (37 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 115 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 Thursday.
Brookings County remains in the “substantial” community spread category.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 106,400 (337 new – 252 confirmed plus 85 probable) as of midday Thursday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 4,089 are classified as active (down by 14 from Wednesday). As of Thursday, 100,638 people have recovered (345 new), 6,133 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (24 new), 185 people are currently hospitalized (down by 10) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,673 people have died (six new).
The SDDOH website reports 288,115 people (835 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.
The new deaths, two women and four men, are being reported in Grant, Hutchinson, Meade, Pennington (2) and Todd counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 60-69 years, two 70-79 years and three in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Thursday included, but are not limited to, 15 in Codington County, 17 in Hughes, 33 in Lincoln, 83 in Minnehaha and 24 in Pennington.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (26,592), Pennington (12,139), Lincoln (7,314), Brown (4,811) and Codington (3,701).
The SDDOH website reported midday Thursday that 62,365 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 51,080 people in South Dakota.
In Brookings County, 1,649 vaccine doses have been administered to 1,390 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.