Last month I removed some of the slides showing cumulative numbers. A couple of people asked if I could add a few of them back, which I did. Here’s one that has returned – it shows the cumulative number of cases for the ten counties with the most populated cities. This graph shows Brookings County having the lowest number of total cases per 100,000 population, the large increases beginning in mid-August for both Pennington and Lawrence Counties, and the increases in all other counties since early September.
A few notes:
- Mobility data for South Dakota and Brookings County have been updated.
- South Dakota Department of Health cleaned the vaccination data this past week, and this, along with people getting vaccinated, has led to changes in numbers and percentages.
Brookings County (highest level of spread)
- 5,072 total cases: 43 new cases this week (high spread) vs. 47 in the previous week. The 60+ age group had the majority of cases this past week. Of the new cases this past week:
- 7% were under 20 years of age (vs. 25% last week)
- 23% were 20-39 years (vs. 34% last week)
- 30% were 40-59 years (vs. 30% last week)
- 40% were 60 years or older (vs. 11% last week)
- Since September 29th, the largest percentage increase in cases has been in the 0-9 year (7% increase, n=17) age group. However, the largest increase in cases has been in both the 20-29 and 30-39 year age groups (both with n=26).
- 128 active cases (152 last week)
- Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 4.0% compared to 4.3% last week – this is good. Ideally, you want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. A high percentage indicates there are likely many more cases out there – get
- 47% of both Brookings County residents and South Dakota residents are fully vaccinated (total population).
South Dakota (highest level of spread)
- 151,554 cases: 2,217 new cases this week vs. 2,342 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
- 23% were under 20 years of age (vs. 24% last week)
- 30% were 20-39 years (vs. 30% last week)
- 25% were 40-59 years (vs. 24% last week)
- 22% were 60 years or older (vs. 22% last week)
- 5,723 active cases (6,089 last week)
- Test positivity (PCR) dropped slightly this past week but is still high. This past week it was 12.9% compared to 14.0% the previous week. Ideally, you want this below 5%, and the lower, the better.
- 100 people were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 115 last week. Of those admitted this past week:
- 2% were less than 20 years of age (vs. 3% last week)
- 14% were 20-39 years (vs. 17% last week)
- 21% were 40-59 years (vs. 21% last week)
- 63% were 60 years of age and older (vs. 58% last week)
- 200 people currently hospitalized vs. 207 hospitalized last week (53 currently in the ICU vs. 60 last week)
- 2,205 deaths: 28 deaths reported this week vs. 10 in the previous week. Of those who died this past week:
- 2 were 40-59 years
- 26 were 60 years of age & older
- 45.99 million cases: 565,340 new cases this week vs. 649,967 in the previous week
- 748,652 total deaths: 11,063 deaths this week vs. 12,861 in the previous week
- 242.4 million cases: 3.01 million cases this week vs. 2.88 million in the previous week
- 4.93 million deaths: 50,696 deaths this week vs. 50,171 in the previous week
Take care of yourself and each other –