September 21, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

Variants & Vaccines

The Omicron BA.5 variant is currently the most prevalent type of variant in our region (link). 

The updated COVID-19 booster adds Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 to the original vaccine.  Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 are more transmissible and can evade the immune response, or protection, resulting from the original vaccine.  This bivalent booster vaccine is currently available in Brookings and throughout the state of South Dakota.  

Below are some CDC links that may be of interest:

Press release regarding the new booster 

Staying Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

Is it over? 

Yes, we are all very tired of this, but it isn’t over yet unless we are willing to accept the large number of COVID-related deaths that are still occurring.  Over the last four weeks, an average of about 450 people in the U.S. have died from COVID each day.  That’s about the same number of people that would die if a jumbo jet crashed every day.  Over the same four weeks, 33 South Dakotans have died from COVID.  That’s approximately the total number of South Dakotans that die each year from the flu.

Updates:

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 32% vs. 26% last week])

    • 8,889 total cases:  51 new cases this week vs. 43 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
      • 18% were under 20 years of age (vs. 21% in previous week)
      • 31% were 20-39 years (vs. 40% in previous week)
      • 10% were 40-59 years (vs. 14% in previous week)
      • 41% were 60 years or older (vs. 25% in previous week)
    • 241 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 0 new hospitalizations posted this past week compared to 1 in the previous week.  Currently, the percentage of staffed beds that are COVID-occupied in the Sioux Empire region is 7.3% (compared to 5.4% last week).
    • 59 Brookings County residents have died of COVID:  no deaths were reported this past week compared to 1 death in the previous week.
    • Only 26% of Brookings County residents have received a booster.

    South Dakota (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 17% vs. 18% last week])

    • 260,639 cases: 956 new cases this week vs. 1,173 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
      • 17% were under 20 years of age (vs. 20% in previous week)
      • 25% were 20-39 years (vs. 25% in previous week)
      • 20% were 40-59 years (vs. 21% in previous week)
      • 38% were 60 years or older (vs. 34% in previous week)
    • 11,726 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 39 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 46 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
      • 3% were under 20 years of age (vs. 2% in previous week)
      • 15% were 20-39 years (vs. 11% in previous week)
      • 10% were 40-59 years (vs. 13% in previous week)
      • 72% were 60 years or older (vs. 74% in previous week)
    • 107 people are currently hospitalized vs. 85 last Wednesday (9 currently in the ICU vs. 13 last week). Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 4.5% (compared to 4.1% last week).
    • 3,017 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  3 new deaths were reported this week vs. 12 in the previous week.  All deaths were in people aged 60 years and older.

    USA

    • 97.5 million cases:  393,980 new cases this week vs. 366,991 in the previous week
    • 1.07 million total deaths:  2,863 deaths this week vs. 1,723 in the previous week

    Worldwide

    • 618.2 million cases: 3.52 million cases this week vs. 3.17 million in the previous week
    • 6.53 million deaths: 13,258 deaths this week vs. 10,771 in the previous week 

    Take care of yourself and each other.

    Published by Bonnysblog78398238

    I'm interested in numbers.

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