BROOKINGS – The state is reporting 42 new COVID-19 deaths and 851 new cases in South Dakota Sunday.
Thirty-two of the new cases are in Brookings County.
Brookings County cases have risen to 2,254 total cases (25 new confirmed and seven new probable): 1,792 of those people have recovered (31 new), with 446 active cases (up by one) and 16 deaths (no change). A total of 7,885 people (138 new) have tested negative in Brookings County as of Sunday, and 74 people in the county (two new) 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 Sunday.
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 73,065 (851 new – 733 confirmed plus 118 probable) as of midday Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.
Of the statewide cases, 16,897 are classified as active (up by 30 from Saturday). As of Sunday, 55,349 people have recovered (779 new), 4,094 people have been hospitalized at some point (42 new), 577 people are currently hospitalized (down by three), and 819 people have died (42 new).
The SDDOH website reports 238,153 people (1,197 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.
The new deaths, 22 women and 20 men, are being reported in Bon Homme, Brown (3), Butte, Codington (2), Corson, Davison (4), Dewey, Edmunds, Hamlin, Hutchinson (2), Lake, Lawrence (3), Lincoln (2), Meade, Minnehaha (7), Oglala Lakota (3), Pennington, Spink, Sully, Todd (2), Turner, Walworth and Ziebach counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 40-49 years, three 505-59 years, four 60-69 years, 11 in the 70-79 years category, and 23 in the 80-plus years category.
Increases in positive cases Sunday included, but are not limited to, 32 in Beadle County, 32 in Brookings, 47 in Brown, 52 in Lincoln, 206 in Minnehaha, 85 in Pennington and 38 in Yankton.
The counties with the highest total case counts are Minnehaha (18,739), Pennington (7,764), Lincoln (4,973), Brown (3,260) and Codington (2,463).
According to the South Dakota State University COVID-19 dashboard, as of noon Sunday, 14 students and six faculty/staff were self-reporting current (active) positive tests. A total of 80 faculty, staff and students were quarantined and isolated as of Sunday, with 10 of those in campus facilities.
The Brookings School District COVID-19 dashboard reports that the district has eight active cases, as of Sunday: two 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.