October 5, 2022: COVID Weekly Data Update

The CDC publishes The COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review which provides weekly updates and national trends or maps of COVID-19 community levels, cases, vaccinations, hospitalizations, deaths, testing results, and wastewater surveillance. 

The CDC emails this weekly review, and you can subscribe to it by clicking on this link.  You will then need to search COVID under “New Here”, click on the box to the left of “COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review,” and then enter your email address. 

Deaths by Vaccination Status for Ages 50+ Years

The graph below shows a clear benefit of vaccines in reducing the risk of death in people aged 50 years or older. 

Additionally, having two or more boosters reduces the risk of death compared to having the primary series and just one booster.  However, the benefit of reducing the risk of death in the group with two or more boosters may be the timing of those boosters relative to being infected with the virus, which is not considered in this graph.  It is known that the benefit of the vaccine in reducing illness, hospitalization, and death wanes over time.  This is a good reason to be sure you are up-to-date with vaccines.

Updated Bivalent Vaccine Recommendations

Stay up to date on your boosters and help prevent a surge in COVID-19 this fall and winter.

An updated bivalent booster that became available in early September targets the original version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Omicron variant.  This new booster has changed vaccine recommendations, which are based on your age, the vaccine you first received, and the time since your last dose. This link will take you to the CDC COVID-19 website which provides information on staying up-to-date with vaccinations. 

Updates:

SDDOH Dashboard

There have been significant changes made to the SDDOH COVID dashboard.  As a result, the slide below will no longer be included in the data slides since the statewide age distribution of individuals receiving at least one vaccine is no longer available.  I will continue to report, on occasion, data on the percentage of the state and Brookings County population that are vaccinated.

Brookings County (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 31% vs. 15% last week])

  • 8,909 total cases:  30 new cases this week vs. 20 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 13% were under 20 years of age (vs. 15% in previous week)
    • 27% were 20-39 years (vs. 25% in previous week)
    • 27% were 40-59 years (vs. 20% in previous week)
    • 33% were 60 years or older (vs. 40% in previous week)
  • 244 Brookings County residents have been hospitalized with COVID: 1 new hospitalization 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 4.5% (compared to 6.4% last week).
  • 59 Brookings County residents have died of COVID:  no deaths were reported this past week compared to no deaths in the previous week.

South Dakota (low community level; high community transmission [% test positivity = 20-24% vs. 14% last week])

  • 262,213 cases: 842 new cases this week vs. 732 in the previous week. Of the new cases this past week:
    • 16% were under 20 years of age (vs. 19% in previous week)
    • 18% were 20-39 years (vs. 24% in previous week)
    • 22% were 40-59 years (vs. 22% in previous week)
    • 44% were 60 years or older (vs. 35% in previous week)
  • 11,804 South Dakota residents have been admitted to in-state hospitals with COVID: 36 were admitted to in-state hospitals this week vs. 42 last week. Of the new hospital admissions this past week:
    • 6% were under 20 years of age (vs. 7% in previous week)
    • 3% were 20-39 years (vs. 0% in previous week)
    • 22% were 40-59 years (vs. 14% in previous week)
    • 69% were 60 years or older (vs. 79% in previous week)
  • 66 people are currently hospitalized vs. 81 last Wednesday (7 currently in the ICU vs. 11 last week). Currently, the percentage of staffed beds statewide that are COVID-occupied is 3.2% (compared to 3.9% last week).
  • 3,033 South Dakotans have died from COVID:  12 new deaths were reported this week vs. 4 in the previous week.  Of the new deaths this past week:
    • 1 was 20-39 years of age
    • 1 was 40-59 years of age
    • 10 were 60 years of age or older

USA

  • 98.3 million cases:  317,462 new cases this week vs. 396,808 in the previous week
  • 1.08 million total deaths:  3,081 deaths this week vs. 3,080 in the previous week

Worldwide

  • 624.2 million cases: 3.01 million cases this week vs. 2.94 million in the previous week
  • 6.55 million deaths: 10,272 deaths this week vs. 9,069 in the previous week 

Take care of yourself and each other.

Published by Bonnysblog78398238

I'm interested in numbers.

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