17 new COVID-19 cases in Brookings Co. Monday, Nov. 23


783 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported in South Dakota Monday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 783 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in South Dakota Monday.

Seventeen of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 2,271 total cases (15 new confirmed and two new probable): 1,801 of those people have recovered (nine new), with 454 active cases (up by eight) and 16 deaths (no change). A total of 7,924 people (39 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Monday, and 74 people in the county (no change) have been hospitalized at some point, the state reported.

There are seven COVID-19 occupied hospital beds at the Brookings Hospital, the DOH website reported Monday.

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

The state Department of Health data includes confirmed COVID-19 cases via traditional RT-PCR testing, plus probable cases based on rapid antigen testing, which detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Probable cases are investigated and handled in the same way as confirmed cases, DOH officials said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 73,848 (783 new – 769 confirmed plus 14 probable) as of midday Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 17,350 are classified as active (up by 453 from Sunday). As of Monday, 55,679 people have recovered (330 new), 4,107 people have been hospitalized at some point (13 new), 582 people are currently hospitalized (up by five), and 819 people have died (no change).

The SDDOH website reports 239,449 people (1,296 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

Current hospitalizations may include out-of-state cases, and total hospitalizations only include South Dakota residents.

The deaths reported on the SDDOH data dashboard are deaths for which COVID-19 is listed as a cause or contributing factor on the certified death record.

Increases in positive cases Monday included, but are not limited to, 61 in Brown County, 26 in Clay, 33 in Davison, 32 in Lawrence, 60 in Lincoln, 199 in Minnehaha and 79 in Pennington.

The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (18,938), Pennington (7,843), Lincoln (5,033), Brown (3,321) and Codington (2,482).

According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Monday, 14 students and eight faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 76 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Monday, with seven of those in campus facilities.

The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has nine active cases, as of Monday: three from Brookings High School, three from Mickelson Middle School, one from Camelot Intermediate School, one from Hillcrest Elementary and one Medary Elementary.

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 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.

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