Nov 24, 2021: COVID Weekly Update & Rankings

Be smart over the holiday – the situation is not as good as you might think it is.

South Dakota & County COVID-19 Comparison Data:  The following is a summary of South Dakota standings nationally as posted in the Washington Post as of 1:45 pm CT on 11/24/21 (based on data from Hopkins and state websites; https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/coronavirus-us-cases-deaths/?itid=hp_pandemic-guide-box).

Note: 100K means 100,000.

Testing

Out of 50 states, South Dakota has the:

  • 3rd highest percent positive tests in the last 7 days
    • South Dakota = 16% (tied with NE) vs. USA = 7%
    • New Mexico is the highest at 25%, and four states (CA, FL, HI, LA) are tied for the lowest with a rate of 2%.   
  • 40th highest for number of new tests reported in last 7 days per 100K population
    • South Dakota = 1,358/100K vs. USA = 2,319/100K
    • Vermont is the highest at 12,369/100K, and Mississippi is the lowest at 756/100K

Cases

Out of 50 states, South Dakota has the:

  • 15th highest reported average daily new cases per 100K population in the last 7 days
    • South Dakota = 46/100K (tied with UT, WV, AK, NE) vs. USA = 29/100K
    • Minnesota is the highest with a rate of 76/100K, and Florida is the lowest with a rate of 6/100K
  • 5th highest total reported cases per 100K population
    • South Dakota = 18,571/100K vs. USA = 14,407/100K
    • North Dakota is the highest with a rate of 20,975/100K, and Hawaii is the lowest with a rate of 6,144/100K

Hospitalizations

Out of 50 states, South Dakota has the:

  • 13th highest number of patients currently hospitalized for COVID per 100K population
    • South Dakota = 26/100K vs. USA =16/100K
    • Michigan is the highest at 41/100K, and Hawaii is the lowest at 4/100K

Deaths

Out of 50 states, South Dakota has the:

  • 26th highest daily reported deaths per 100K population in last 7 days (tied with 7 other states)
    • South Dakota = 0.3/100K vs. USA = 0.4/100K
    • Kentucky is the highest with a rate of 1.4/100K, and Wyoming is the lowest with a rate of 0/100K
  • 15th highest total reported deaths per 100K population
    • South Dakota = 262/100K vs. USA = 233/100K
    • Mississippi is the highest with a rate of 345/100K, and Vermont is the lowest with a rate of 65/100K

Vaccines

Out of 50 states, South Dakota has the:

  • 26th highest percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated
    • South Dakota = 54% (tied with 7 other states) vs. USA = 59%
    • Vermont is the highest with 74%, and West Virginia is the lowest with 42%

County Rankings:

Counties with the top ten most populated cities and rankings based on average number of daily cases over the last seven days per 100K population, total cases and death per 100K population, and percentage of the population fully vaccinated (rank of #1 is the best).

Summary

Based on the Department of Health dashboard posted as of November 24th, all ten counties with the most populated cities are in the highest level of community spread and all have a low percentage of the population fully vaccinated. 

The charts below compare age-adjusted average daily case and death rates for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the 22 states and two cities that provide these data (South Dakota is not one of these states) and show the benefit of being vaccinated (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html).

Weekly Updates

Brief Summary:

  • The number of new cases, the number of active cases, and the percent test positivity have all increased in the past seven days in the state and Brookings County.

Brookings County (highest level of spread)

  • 5,319 total cases:  70 new cases this week vs. 43 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 27% were under 20 years of age (vs. 25% last week)
    • 47% were 20-39 years (vs. 44% last week)
    • 19% were 40-59 years (vs. 26% last week)
    • 7% were 60 years or older (vs. 5% last week)
  • Since October 27th, the largest percentage increase in cases has been in the 30-39 year age group (6% increase, n=40). However, the largest increase in the number of cases has been in the 20-29 year age group (n=49).  There have been 43 new cases in the less than 20 year age group.
  • 139 active cases (110 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 8.0% compared to 4.9% last week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. 
  • 163 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 2 new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 0 in the previous week.
  • 40 Brookings County residents have died of COVID: 1 new death was reported this past week compared to no deaths in the previous week.
  • 53% of Brookings County residents and 54% of South Dakota residents have received at least one vaccine. 

South Dakota (highest level of spread)

  • 164,292 cases: 3,300 new cases this week vs. 2,170 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 23% were under 20 years of age (vs. 21% last week)
    • 32% were 20-39 years (vs. 33% last week)
    • 27% were 40-59 years (vs. 26% last week)
    • 18% were 60 years or older (vs. 20% last week)
  • 7,080 active cases (6,663 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 15.8% compared to 15.5% the previous week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. 
  • 8,339 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 128 people were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 145 last week.  Of those admitted this past week:  
    • 4% were less than 20 years of age (vs. 1% last week)
    • 15% were 20-39 years (vs. 11% last week)
    • 26% were 40-59 years (vs. 28% last week)
    • 55% were 60 years of age and older (vs. 60% last week)
  • 231 people currently hospitalized vs. 239 hospitalized last Wednesday (67 currently in the ICU vs. 66 last week)
  • 2,320 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  23 deaths reported this week vs. 20 in the previous week.  Of those who died this past week: 
    • 3 was 40-59 years
    • 20 were 60 years of age & older

USA

  • 48.83 million cases:  673,839 new cases this week vs. 624,841 in the previous week
  • 796,319 total deaths:  10,051 deaths this week vs. 7,952 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 259.0 million cases: 3.95 million cases this week vs. 3.52 million in the previous week
  • 5.18 million deaths: 53,482 deaths this week vs. 50,225 in the previous week 

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

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