Nov 17, 2021: COVID Weekly Update

A large part of the United States is currently at the highest level of community spread.  Additionally, all but three of South Dakota counties are in a high level of community spread.  Now is not the time to ignore preventive measures – you know them.  With people moving indoors in colder weather, it is important to pay attention to ventilation and crowding in indoor environments. 

The following maps are from https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. NOTE: red is bad.

Weekly Updates

Brookings County (highest level of spread)

  • 5,249 total cases:  43 new cases this week vs. 44 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 25% were under 20 years of age (vs. 7% last week)
    • 44% were 20-39 years (vs. 52% last week)
    • 26% were 40-59 years (vs. 21% last week)
    • 5% were 60 years or older (vs. 20% last week)
  • Since October 27th, the largest percentage increase in cases has been in the 30-39 year age group (4% increase, n=26). However, the largest increase in the number of cases has been in the 20-29 year age group (n=30).
  • 110 active cases (113 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 4.9% compared to 5.4% last week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. 
  • 161 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: no new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 3 in the previous week.
  • 39 Brookings County residents have died of COVID: no new deaths were reported this past week compared to no deaths in the previous week.
  • 53% of Brookings County residents and 52% of South Dakota residents have received at least one vaccine. 

South Dakota (highest level of spread)

  • 160,992 cases: 2,170 new cases this week vs. 2,699 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 21% were under 20 years of age (vs. 22% last week)
    • 33% were 20-39 years (vs. 31% last week)
    • 26% were 40-59 years (vs. 26% last week)
    • 20% were 60 years or older (vs. 21% last week)
  • 6,663 active cases (6,290 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 15.5% compared to 14.8% the previous week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. 
  • 8,211 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 145 people were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 157 last week.  Of those admitted this past week:  
    • 1% were less than 20 years of age (vs. 2% last week)
    • 11% were 20-39 years (vs. 15% last week)
    • 28% were 40-59 years (vs. 23% last week)
    • 60% were 60 years of age and older (vs. 60% last week)
  • 239 people currently hospitalized vs. 233 hospitalized last Wednesday (66 currently in the ICU vs. 63 last week)
  • 2,297 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  20 deaths reported this week vs. 24 in the previous week.  Of those who died this past week: 
    • 3 was 40-59 years
    • 17 were 60 years of age & older

USA

  • 48.16 million cases:  624,841 new cases this week vs. 536,765 in the previous week
  • 786,268 total deaths:  7,952 deaths this week vs. 9,469 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

  • 255.0 million cases: 3.52 million cases this week vs. 3.28 million in the previous week
  • 5.12 million deaths: 50,225 deaths this week vs. 51,275 in the previous week 

Do what’s right to take care of yourself & each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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