One new COVID-19 death, four cases in Brookings Co. Friday, Feb. 19

Six new COVID-19 deaths, 148 new cases reported in South Dakota Friday

BROOKINGS – The state is reporting six new COVID-19 deaths and 148 new cases in South Dakota Friday.

One new death and four of the new cases are in Brookings County.

Brookings County cases have risen to 3,552 total cases (four new confirmed): 3,432 of those people have recovered (eight new), with 84 active cases (down by five) and 36 deaths (one new). A total of 11,587 people (44 new) have tested negative in Brookings County, and 122 people (no change) 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 Friday.

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

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 111,018 (148 new – 127 confirmed plus 21 probable) as of midday Friday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health.

Of the statewide cases, 2,028 are classified as active (down by 40 from Thursday). As of Friday, 107,137 people have recovered (181 new), 6,492 South Dakotans have been hospitalized at some point (17 new), 91 people are currently hospitalized (down by one) for transmission-based precautions, and 1,853 people have died (six new).

The SDDOH website reports 305,524 people (573 new) have tested negative in South Dakota.

The new deaths, two women and four men, are being reported in Brookings, Charles Mix, Clark, Lincoln, Pennington and Turner counties. The age ranges of the deceased are one 20-29 years, one 50-59 years and four in the 80-plus years category.

Increases in positive cases Friday include, but are not limited to, nine in Beadle County, four in Brown, six in Codington, 20 in Lincoln, 29 in Minnehaha and 18 in Pennington.

The SDDOH website reported midday Friday that 172,804 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 116,143 people in South Dakota.

In Brookings County, 4,403 vaccine doses have been administered to 3,035 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.

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