July 27, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Last week I did a video with the City of Brookings that included an update on the BA.5 variant, a discussion about the indicators used to describe the level of COVID in communities, and difficulties with interpreting data on new cases (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggnIR9pfOwc). 

I also briefly mentioned the results of a recent report indicating that the risk of adverse outcomes, both relative (HR) and absolute (Excess Burden), increases with each reinfection. The following figure is taken from https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1749502/v1 and is summarized and discussed by Eric Topol (https://erictopol.substack.com/p/a-reinfection-red-flag). The authors found that the risk of adverse outcomes increased significantly with each reinfection. 

These findings, combined with the risk of long COVID, provide good reasons for getting a booster now, especially with BA.5, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, being prevalent in our region.

Green represents the risk with the initial infection, red is the risk with the second infection, and purple is the risk with three or more infections.

Update Mortality Data:  The SD Department of Health has updated its mortality data for April and May and the number of deaths is more in line with the deaths per month between 2010 and 2019 (https://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/Mortality-Report-2022-Provisional.pdf):

Updates:

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 28% vs. 27% last week])

  • 8,540 total cases:  39 new cases this week vs. 32 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 15% were under 20 years of age (vs. 16% in previous week)
    • 26% were 20-39 years (vs. 25% in previous week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 31% in previous week)
    • 36% were 60 years or older (vs. 28% in previous week)
  • 233 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 3 new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 3 in the previous week. Currently, the percentage of staffed beds that are COVID-occupied in the Sioux Empire region is 4.9% (compared to 5.2% last week).
  • 56 Brookings County residents have died of COVID:  0 deaths reported this past week compared to 0 deaths in the previous week.
  • Only 26% of Brookings County residents have received a booster.

South Dakota (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 24% vs. 26% last week])

  • 250,286 cases: 1,498 new cases this week vs. 1,514 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 18% were under 20 years of age (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 28% were 20-39 years (vs. 28% in previous week)
    • 22% were 40-59 years (vs. 24% in previous week)
    • 32% were 60 years or older (vs. 34% in previous week)
  • 11,259 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 59 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 59 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 12% were under 20 years of age (vs. 4% in previous week)
    • 17% were 20-39 years (vs. 10% in previous week)
    • 3% were 40-59 years (vs. 20% in previous week)
    • 68% were 60 years or older (vs. 66% in previous week)
  • 82 people are currently hospitalized vs. 86 last Wednesday (8 currently in the ICU vs. 6 last week). Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 3.4% (compared to 3.7% last week).
  • 2,956 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  9 new deaths were reported this week vs. 2 in the previous week.  Of the new deaths reported this past week:
    • 1 was 20-39 years
    • 1 was 40-59 years
    • 7 were 60 years or older

USA

  • 92.4 million cases:  964,156 new cases this week vs. 758,923 in the previous week
  • 1.05 million total deaths:  3,252 deaths this week vs. 2,570 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 576.9 million cases: 7.40 million cases this week vs. 6.61 million in the previous week
  • 6.40 million deaths: 15,641 deaths this week vs. 14,350 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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