Jan 12, 2022 COVID Weekly Update

The Omicron variant is striking South Dakota hard, and many records were broken this past week. Home test results are not included in the following graphs that show the large number of new cases diagnosed during the past week:

These slides also are included in the attached pdf file.

Hospitalizations will likely increase over the next several weeks due to the low percentages of the population that have been fully vaccinated (51%) or received a booster (21%).

Highlights

  • Today, the first South Dakota pediatric death (age less than 10 years) was reported on the SDDOH dashboard.
  • The percentages of South Dakota and Brookings County residents receiving boosters and completing a vaccine series have been added to slide #23 and to the summary bullets below.
  • The state hospital admission data have been separated from the census data for clarity in the attached slides.
  • Mobility data:  The slides below are the last mobility slides included in the weekly update; future updates will not have them. 

Brookings County (highest level of spread)

  • 6,604 total cases:  636 new cases this week vs. 223 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 26% were under 20 years of age (vs. 19% last week)
    • 46% were 20-39 years (vs. 50% last week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 22% last week)5% were 60 years or older (vs. 9% last week)
  • Since December 29th, the largest percentage increase in cases has been in the 0-9 year age group (21%; n=72), and the largest increase in the number of cases has been in the 20-29 year age group (n=251; 51% increase). 
  • 946 active cases (405 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 37.8% compared to 23.8% last week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. With the availability of at-home testing kits, this has become more difficult to interpret. 
  • 182 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 5 new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 1 in the previous week.
  • 41 Brookings County residents have died of COVID: no deaths were reported this past week compared to no deaths in the previous week.
  • 56% of Brookings County residents have received at least one vaccine, 51% have received the full vaccine series, and 21% have received a booster or third shot. 

South Dakota (highest level of spread)

  • 197,912 cases: 12,628 new cases this week vs. 6,889 in the previous week.  Of the new cases this past week:
    • 20% were under 20 years of age (vs. 18% last week)
    • 42% were 20-39 years (vs. 42% last week)
    • 26% were 40-59 years (vs. 26% last week)
    • 12% were 60 years or older (vs. 14% last week)
  • 22,743 active cases (12,578 last week)
  • Test positivity (PCR) this past week was 35.7% compared to 26.6% the previous week.  You want this below 5%, and the lower, the better. With the availability of at-home testing kits, this has become more difficult to interpret.   
  • 9,343 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 180 people were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 105 last week.  Of those admitted this past week:  
    • 5% were less than 20 years of age (vs. 6% last week)
    • 16% were 20-39 years (vs. 12% last week)
    • 15% were 40-59 years (vs. 14% last week)
    • 64% were 60 years of age and older (vs. 68% last week)
  • 336 people currently hospitalized vs. 287 hospitalized last Wednesday (74 currently in the ICU vs. 77 last week)
  • 2,534 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  27 deaths were reported this week vs. 33 in the previous week.  Of those who died this past week: 
    • 1 was less than 10 years of age
    • 1 was 20-39 years of age
    • 4 were 40-59 years of age
    • 21 were 60 years of age & older
  • 57% of South Dakota residents have received at least one vaccine, 51% have received the full vaccine series, and 21% have received a booster or third shot. 

USA

  • 63.39 million cases:  5.34 million new cases this week vs. 3.89 in the previous week
  • 863,896 total deaths:  12,421 deaths this week vs. 9,341 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 314.0 million cases: 17.5 million cases this week vs. 13.3 million in the previous week
  • 5.52 million deaths: 43,257 deaths this week vs. 47,090 in the previous week 

Be nice to health care providers and do what you can to prevent the spread of this virus.  

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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