Nov 3, 2021: COVID Weekly Data Update

Weekly PCR test positivity continues to be very high in nine of the ten counties with the most populated cities – that’s not good. 

At the beginning of each month, the SDDOH publishes the total cumulative number of cases in institutions of higher education (https://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/School-College_COVID_cases.pdf).  Last month, the total cumulative cases for SDSU was 88. 

Graphics showing that vaccines work – if they did not, then the percentage of patients hospitalized would be expected to be similar to the percent of the general population that is vaccinated (I could not locate a similar graphic for Avera).  More than 50% of the South Dakota population has received at least one vaccine. 

Weekly Updates

A few highlights or comments:

  • Vaccine data is a little confusing on the SDDOH dashboard today, and it’s difficult to determine the percentage fully vaccinated.  I would guess that part of the data problem has to do with the counting of boosters and that this will be fixed soon.  I feel a little more confident in the percentage receiving at least one vaccine. 
  • Deaths in the USA dropped to below 10,000 per week – the first time since the week ending August 11th.  However, deaths are still above 1,000 per day.
  • Boosters are available, and the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children aged five years and older.

Brookings County (highest level of spread)

  • 5,162 total cases:  39 new cases this week vs. 51 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 26% were under 20 years of age (vs. 18% last week)
    • 36% were 20-39 years (vs. 41% last week)
    • 21% were 40-59 years (vs. 18% last week)
    • 18% were 60 years or older (vs. 23% last week)
  • 117 active cases (121 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 3.9% compared to 5.3% last week – this is good. 
  • 51% of both Brookings County residents and South Dakota residents have received at least one vaccine. 

South Dakota (highest level of spread)

  • 156,123 cases: 2,349 new cases this week vs. 2,220 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 23% were under 20 years of age (vs. 23% last week)
    • 30% were 20-39 years (vs. 31% last week)
    • 25% were 40-59 years (vs. 24% last week)
    • 22% were 60 years or older (vs. 22% last week)
  • 5,662 active cases (5,464 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 13.4% compared to 13.0% the previous week.  Ideally, you want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. 
  • 108 people were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 72 last week.  Of those admitted this past week:  
    • 4% were less than 20 years of age (vs. 3% last week)
    • 18% were 20-39 years (vs. 13% last week)
    • 31% were 40-59 years (vs. 19% last week)
    • 47% were 60 years of age and older (vs. 65% last week)
  • 187 people currently hospitalized vs. 199 hospitalized last week (46 currently in the ICU vs. 45 last week)
  • 2,253 deaths:  22 deaths reported this week vs. 26 in the previous week.  Of those who died this past week: 
    • 1 was 20-39 years
    • 3 was 40-59 years
    • 18 were 60 years of age & older

USA

  • 46.99 million cases:  502,052 new cases this week vs. 501,212 in the previous week
  • 768,847 total deaths:  8,915 deaths this week vs. 11,280 in the previous week (reported number of American deaths from COVID exceeds the estimated number of deaths during the Civil War [n = 750,000])

Worldwide

  • 248.2 million cases: 3.00 million cases this week vs. 2.79 million in the previous week
  • 5.02 million deaths: 49,897 deaths this week vs. 46,764 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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