August 31, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Life Expectancy in the US

In epidemiology, life expectancy is often used as a summary statistic for the overall health of a population.

Life expectancy in the US continued to decline in 2021 based on preliminary data from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/vsrr/vsrr023.pdf). The decline in life expectancy was primarily due to increases in mortality due to COVID-19.  Unintentional injuries, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and suicide also contributed to a lesser degree to the increased mortality.

Below is a graph showing life expectancy at birth from 1960 to 2015 for the US and several other countries (from: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/life-expectancy-at-birth-oecd).

Based on these data, the US needs to work on improving the health of its population – we are not doing very well.

Updates:

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 23% vs. 40% last week])

  • 8,765 total cases:  30 new cases this week vs. 48 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 20% were under 20 years of age (vs. 17% in previous week)
    • 20% were 20-39 years (vs. 43% in previous week)
    • 23% were 40-59 years (vs. 17% in previous week)
    • 37% were 60 years or older (vs. 23% in previous week)
  • 239 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 3 new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 2 in the previous week.  Currently, the percentage of staffed beds that are COVID-occupied in the Sioux Empire region is 6.9% (compared to 7.1% last week).
  • 58 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 = 22% vs. 27% last week])

  • 257,547 cases: 1,292 new cases this week vs. 1,585 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 19% were under 20 years of age (vs. 16% in previous week)
    • 28% were 20-39 years (vs. 27% in previous week)
    • 20% were 40-59 years (vs. 22% in previous week)
    • 33% were 60 years or older (vs. 35% in previous week)
  • 11,606 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 78 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 72 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 12% were under 20 years of age (vs. 4% in previous week)
    • 10% were 20-39 years (vs. 10% in previous week)
    • 14% were 40-59 years (vs. 12% in previous week)
    • 64% were 60 years or older (vs. 74% in previous week)
  • 102 people are currently hospitalized vs. 102 last Wednesday (10 currently in the ICU vs. 13 last week). Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 5.1% (compared to 5.1% last week).
  • 2,993 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  9 new deaths were reported this week vs. 5 in the previous week.  All nine deaths were 60 years and older.

USA

  • 96.1 million cases:  611,022 new cases this week vs. 668,058 in the previous week
  • 1.06 million total deaths:  3,332 deaths this week vs. 3,329 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 607.0 million cases: 4.83 million cases this week vs. 5.43 million in the previous week
  • 6.49 million deaths: 15,846 deaths this week vs. 16,605 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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