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
- 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])
- 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.